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Lanai Keiki Catch

April 26, 2013

The 9th Annual Lanai Keiki Catch Fishing Tournament was held on the beach at Hulupoe Bay (Manele Bay). The camping areas started filling up 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 an- glers. They all checked in early and got their live catch buckets and aerators/batteries (donated by PIFG) for the conservation-themed event. There were many catches of all kinds. Prizes for many kid-friendly categories were awarded. For those not as lucky, there were lots of free raffle prizes for everyone. Donations from many local stores and businesses as well as off-island tackle shops made this an exciting event and a learning experience for the kids.

All of the participants went home winners with new stories and experiences gained from the family time spent together. For a look at pictures from the annual event please visit the unofficial Barbless Circle Hook Facebook page at For an inspiring story on the background of the event please read Lawaia magazine Issue No. 11, pages 30-31.

We are looking forward to next year's 10th anniversary tournament, which is sure to be an extra special one, since the Four Seasons Resorts and new owner of Lanai Island Larry Ellison have pledged to support next year's tournament based on reading the Lawaia article about the tournament's community-oriented origins. P.S. You should see the incredible beach bathroom renovations.