Kona Seafood Market opens as bright spot amid ‘perfect storm’ of COVID-19 pandemic

  • Kona Seafood Market boasts the freshest locally sourced fish and seafood.

    Kona Seafood Market boast the freshest locally sourced fish and seafood. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Jared Dufault filets a Kona Kampachi at Kona Seafood Market. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Edward Blum grabs a fresh ahi from the walk-in refrigerator at Kona Seafood Market. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kona Seafood Market also sells local rubs and spices.

  • Fletcher Johnson makes Kona Kampachi Ceviche at Kona Seafood Market.

  • Kona Seafood Market owners Jared Dufault, left and Edward Blum hold a fresh ahi at their store. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Instead of lamenting their jobs selling timeshares lost when the pandemic shut down tourism, Edward Blum and Jared Dufault decided to open their own business.