Fish Dish With A Marshallese Flair

Lihla Noori of the Hawaii Conservation Alliance promotes ties between the peoples and islands of the Pacific

An amazing day is coming up, the Hawaii Conservation Conference’s Public Day, set for Aug. 1. It’s free and open to the public, and runs all day at the Hawaii Convention Center. Fun and educational for the whole family, the one-day event shines a spotlight on the environment. Activities include interactive exhibits, demonstrations, Knowledge in Motion Conservation film showings, food, and musical performances. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Island conservation in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

Hawaii Conservation Alliance, the organization behind the initiative, recently appointed a new executive director, Lihla Noori, who is leading a major effort to promote environmental stewardship, get the community more involved, and help build more capacity for conservation work across Hawaii. Lihla’s career spans conservation work in the Marshall Islands, Mariana Islands, Guam and Micronesia.

Under Lihla’s leadership, the Hawaii Conservation Alliance is growing. The cooperative of conservation leaders represents 19 government, education and non-profit organizations. They urge everyone to join them Aug. 1 at the Convention Center to explore the world of conservation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about our beautiful islands!

This recipe is dedicated to Lihla.

Coconut milk is high in phosphorus, magnesium and potassium and a good source of vitamins B, C, and E, fiber, and electrolytes. It is low in cholesterol, but high in saturated fat and calories, and contains calcium, iron, manganese, Omega- 6 fatty acids, folate, and a host of other minerals. Coconut milk is vegan, and a good alternative for people who have lactose intolerance and cannot drink milk.

Marshallese Magic

* 1.5 pounds fresh yellowfin tuna, wahoo, or other fresh fish (diced)
* 1 can coconut milk or 2 cups freshly squeezed (may use light coconut milk)
* lime/lemon juice to taste
* red Chili Sauce or Sriracha to taste
* cilantro (optional to taste)
* salt and pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients together, refrigerate and let flavors meld for about an hour. Serve with your favorite cracker or chips.