From New Hope Oahu:
New Hope Hawaii Kai invites children and their families to participate in the sixth annual New Hope Keiki Fishing Tournament. The free event is the only keiki tournament offered on the island of Oahu, and it will be held at Maunalua Bay Beach Park from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, July 16th. New Hope will supply the fishing gear, along with lunch, music, raffle, and awards given to children for their winning catches. The event is an opportunity for keiki to learn fishing skills, as well as safety practices, conservation and education.
Organizer of the event, “Uncle” Mike Kim, is an avid fisherman with a passion to advance the skill to future generations.
“My father first taught me how to fish by age six. And in those days, we would fish at Hanauma Bay and Bamboo Ridge. We would sit for hours just talking, and enjoying the beauty of the ocean,” said Kim. “I have fond memories of fishing, and I want to pass on my skills to other families to keep the tradition alive.”
The tournament will commence at 9 a.m., and all fishing gear will be provided to children ranging from five to eighteen years of age. Keiki will be divided into three age groups, and winners will be determined by the largest fish caught. All fish will be displayed in an aquarium for children to view, and then released into the ocean at the end of the event.
Volunteers will be available to assist children with bait and tackles, fish measurements, and catch-and-release. Various educational/informational booths will be available for children to learn about responsible fishing practices, marine life, and environmental respect of Hawaii’s resources. At the end of the event, trash bags will be distributed for families to collect litter and remind children the importance of beach clean-up.
About 400 people attended last year, and organizers anticipate about 450 or more to attend this year. The traditional kanikapila jams will be played, along with lunch and shave-ice served to all attendees.
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