The 9th Annual Lanai Keiki Catch fishing tournament was held this weekend. The camp sites on the beach at Hulupoe Bay (Manele Bay) started filling up from Friday afternoon as families of the keiki anglers chose their camping and fishing spots. Friday night was the first chance the kids got to fish and the harbor was the place to go for most of the excited anglers. They all checked in early and got their donated live catch buckets and aerators/batteries for the conservation themed event. There were many catches of all kinds of fishes and eels and prizes awarded to some of the lucky anglers. For those not as lucky, there was a free raffle prizes for the rest. Every family who participated went home a winner with new stories and experiences gained from the family time spent together. For a look at pictures from the annual event please visit the Barbless Circle Hook Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/barblesscirclehook.
The tournament was put on by Kim Massey – Maui Police Department, George Purdy – Maui Fire Department and Nalani Silva of the Four Seasons Resorts, and a whole host of volunteers. The Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) generously donated some Lawaia magazines containing the story of how the Lanai Keiki Catch tournament began (authored by George Purdy) for distribution at the tournament. Donations from many local stores (including off-island tackle shops), PIFG, and businesses made this an exciting event and learning experience for the kids. Thanks for inviting the PIFSC Barbless Circle Hook Project to share in the experience again. We are looking forward to next year’s 10th Anniversary tournament which is sure to be extra special; especially since after reading the article in Lawaia the Four Seasons Resorts and new Lanai owner Ellison have pledged to support next year’s tournament.