We arrive at Pier 38 and it’s still dark out. The crisp air of the refrigerated room makes me shiver. Men wearing down jackets and knee-high rubber boots shovel ice onto the fish being unloaded from the docks. A bell rings as the clock strikes 5:30 a.m. and a continuous stream of numbers and fast-talking negotiations ensue. I look around and think to myself, where am I? Few would guess I’m vacationing in sunny Hawaii. On a whim, I decide to check out the Honolulu Fish Auction, the only daily fish auction of its kind in the United States. Modeled after the famous Tsukiji fish auction in Japan, the auction allows independent fishermen to sell their catch to the buyer with the highest bid. The buyers on this early Saturday morning ranged from worldwide fish distributors to local restaurant chefs. Keeping up with the fast-paced crowd of bidders while trying not to get run over by the dockworkers pushing pallets of 200-pound bigeye tuna was certainly an adventure.