Fishing for a cause: Tournament donates to homeless

Fishing for a cause: Tournament donates to homeless

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Lunch at the Institute for Human Services was different from the norm on Wednesday.

"Today we're serving marlin and ono. It's been sauteed, got some bernaise sauce on it," said Roy Morioka, who was volunteering in the kitchen.

When not on the line, Roy serves as the Coordinator for the "Fishing for Hawaii's Hungry" fishing tournament. The tournament is in its third year of donating its total haul to the IHS to feed the homeless.

"We thought about it and said hey, you know what, there's a lot of less fortunate folks than us, who probably rarely get to eat fish," Roy said.

This year, 1,235 pounds of fish were caught. The man in charge of cooking it all was Chef Eddie Mafnas, owner of his own catering company as well as the Firehouse food truck.

"There's a lot of people at play here, not just the chefs and the cooks. Also the IHS employees, their hands are in the food making all the sides, the sauces, the deserts. So a lot of people are all involved in getting this together," Mafnas said.

Every pound of fish caught equates roughly to one meal served. Organizers were proud they were able to help so many. Said Morioka, "This is one of those things from the heart. We're Hawaii, we're from Hawaii, we're sharing. It just makes you feel good all around."

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