Hawaii A'ama Crab Hunting

Hawaii A’ama Crab Hunting

A father and son take to the Hawaii lava shoreline with long sticks, a basket, and other tools to catch black rock crabs, locally known as a’ama. For a family day on the beach, hunting crabs is fun and educational at the same time, while providing a sort of “beach candy” as a reward. Rock crabs thickly cover the lava rock coast in Hawaii and are adept at jumping and hiding.

The crabs are usually only a couple inches in diameter, which means these two will need to catch several to make a meal. Most often the crabs are seen as more of a treat or pupu (appetizer) than a full meal. Although some people cook the crabs before eating them, they are typically eaten raw by opening the shell back and scooping out the inside.

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4 comments on “Hawaii A’ama Crab Hunting

  1. The a’ama crab is a rock crab, not a “sand” crab. The leg meat of the crab is eaten raw by squeezing it as one would a tube of toothpaste, and sucking the meat out.

  2. I think one of these things bite or pinched me. Hurt for a couple hours after and then nothing. A week later looks like a black dot and now hard to the touch, itchy and red around. Is this normal?