Big Island Abalone Corp.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 in SOQ Companies

Big Island Abalone Corp.
Queen Kaahumanu Highway, Suite 115
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740

Contact: Lyndsey DeSilva
Phone: (808) 334-0034
Fax: (808) 334-0215

E-mail: ldesilva@bigislandabalone.com
Website: www.bigislandabalone.com

*** BIAC just opened Kona Abalone in the Ala Moana Center Makai Food Court.  For more information and to view photos, click here 

Located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA), Big Island Abalone Corp. farms premium Ezo abalone. Spread over 10 acres, two million abalone inhabit tanks and are grown in a system using a constant supply of pure, cold and nutrient-rich seawater, which is pumped from a depth of 3,000 feet off Keahole Point on the Big Island. The farm also raises a special blend of algae that feed the abalone to achieve optimal taste, texture, color, nutrition and shell characteristics in the end product. The farm exists in a near-perfect environment for growing its Kona Coast Abalone.

In business since 1998, Big Island Abalone Corp. employs 17 people who operate this unique farm — the only abalone farm in Hawaii.

The live abalone can be purchased at the farm, the Hilo farmers’ market, KTA Superstores, Don Quijote and Marukai Wholesale Mart. In February 2014, Kona Abalone opened its store in the Ala Moana Center Makai Market Food Court.

Retort packaged abalone is now available at selected ABC Stores. It is also available at restaurants such as Hayama Restaurant, Sushi Kazu and Hiroshi. The quality of the abalone has been praised by Iron Chefs and served at fine dining restaurants in New York and Tokyo. It is shipped live to markets in Japan and the U.S. mainland regularly.

A farm tour gives you an opportunity to see, touch and sample abalone. To make reservations for a farm tour, please contact Lyndsey DeSilva at (808) 334-0034.

Article from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

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Kona Abalone launches store at Ala Moana Center food court

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2014

 

Kona Abalone is among the most popular vendors at the Saturday morning Farmers Market at Kapiolani Community College, where chowhounds find the succulent, lightly salted pieces of grilled, locally raised abalone worth a wait in line.

Those who could never make it to the market early enough to enjoy the abalone don’t have to worry about setting their alarm clock. Kona Abalone has opened a flagship store at the Makai Market Food Court at Ala Moana Center.

The shop, at the Diamond Head end of the food court, offers bento boxes of grilled abalone at prices ranging from $10 to $15 depending on the abalone’s size and numbers. For example, one large abalone is $10, two medium size is $11, three smalls are $11 and a pack with three large runs $15.

The store also offers canned and vacuum-packed abalone for made-in-Hawaii omi­yage.

If you’re wondering how they can keep up with demand, The Big Island Abalone Corp. maintains an inventory of more than 4 million Ezo (Northern Japa­nese) abalone on its 10-acre site, where they thrive on a diet of proprietary red algae that boosts their health and flavor.

Open 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, except center holidays. Call 941-4120 or visit www.big­island­aba­lone.com.