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17th Annual Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament

August 18, 2013

The Big Island Department of Parks and Recreation 17th Annual Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament held its weigh-in at the Honokaa gym. The official number of participants was reported as > 400 anglers, from keiki to kupunas. This tournament is truly a community event with 7 different divisions of competition with up to 15 winning places in a division. The Barbless Circle Hook project held a "Barbless Challenge" within the tournament which yielded 8 different kinds of fish caught with barbless hooks. A barbless circle hook used by Kahana Itozaki, President of the Hilo Casting Club and long-time supporter of the project, caught the tournament winning ulua (53 lbs). Barbless fish were caught by anglers of all ages. This tournament promotes the shared family values of small communities. It also highlighted the importance of our kupunas to the family unit by hosting a kupuna division that in itself encourages the passing on of accumulated fishing knowledge. Awareness of introduced/invasive species was highlighted by hosting an invasive species division. Rounding out the community support was the annual fundraising efforts at the tournament by the local high school volleyball team. Snacks, lunches, and drinks were sold during the event. Tournament results can be found at http://bigislandnow. com/2013/08/21/ohana-shoreline-fishing-tournament-results/.