Mele Kalikimaka to Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic Readers!

I’ll be away with family and friends this Christmas break and I wanted to wish all Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic supporters, on both the blog and facebook fan page, a Mele Kalikimaka! I’ll attempt to post whenever possible and I’ll be on my weekly schedule thereafter.

Thanks to those individuals that donated to the blog recently. Your help is invaluable and greatly appreciated to maintain this blog. I can at least take a break for a little while from my day job without busting my ‘okole 24/7.

If anyone feels so inclined, you can donate to the blog by clicking on the button in the sidebar. Again, Mahalo a nui loa and Mele Kalikimaka!

Welcome Home and Mele Kalikimaka! Mr. President & ‘Ohana

President Obama Fly Fishing in Montana

President Obama Fly Fishing in Montana

The President and his ‘ohana arrived yesterday to spend their holidays in Hawai’i for rest and relaxation. I’m hoping he’ll find some time to visit the other islands, especially the Big Island.  If not, he can go flyfishing with me and Reef Rippas Hawai’i Flyfishing Service as he did in Montana.

I’m a great admirer of the President and his policies. So here’s an invitation to you, Mr. President, that if you have the time during your vacation, we’ll gladly take you out to flyfish for ‘o’io (bonefish) nearby in Kane’ohe bay or out in Hawai’i Kai. We are a “green” flyfishing service, so you might have to paddle a little bit on our tandem kayak depending on the spot and conditions (although not more than 20 minutes). It should be fun and maybe you’ll hook up to a screaming ‘o’io at the end of your line. That should make your day!!! It does for me!!


Don Aweau 🙂

Hamau Leo (Wordless) Wednesday – Ahi Mural (Hana, Maui)

Ahi - Yellowfin Tuna

Ahi - Yellowfin Tuna

Hamau Leo (Wordless) Wednesday – Papa ‘Oi’o (Bonefish Flats)

Kualoa Shoreline

Kualoa (O'ahu) Shoreline

Eddie Would Go!


Courtesy of Eddie Aikau Foundation


There are many watermen who I have come to respect over the years, like the Napoleon, Keaulana, Kinimaka, and other kama’aina ‘ohana but I have always been enamored by the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, and his ‘ohana. I grew up reading about his exploits and his fateful passing in 1978. Being a lifeguard myself in my early years, I identified with him and practiced his philosophy whenever I could.

In my youth, I use to charge the North Shore waves with my peers like Brock Little, Noah Budroe and the late Todd Chesser. I took the approach that I could ride any wave out there if I put my mind to it. Just like, “Eddie Would Go!” This carried over into my formative years and along with longtime Hawaiian surfer, Larry Bertlemann’s, “anything is possible,” have been my core beliefs in life.

Today, the Eddie Aikau Invitational started with great anticipation at Waimea Bay. Big surf that hasn’t been seen in decades provided a dramatic backdrop. Although Eddie was known more for surfing, he was also a very accomplished fisherman and diver.

I dedicate this post to him, his ‘ohana, the Aikau’s, and his friends. Mahalo for continuing the memory of a great Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau.

Kayaks, Kayaks, Kayaks for the Fishing Enthusiast

Kayaks, kayaks, kayaks! When I was younger I loved these things that made it easier to fish. I started off fishing with them after attempting to fish with my surfboard. But I had a short board so that didn’t work out. (the longboarders ruled on this one). I did catch a few papio or ulua, but a monster fish always got away because I would go out too deep or run out of line. I always wanted one but ended up borrowing one from a friend of mine who had a two-seater kayak. I later bought an inflatable kayak, Tahiti Classic, by Sevylor (now owned by Coleman), because it was more portable and I could use it when traveling the outer islands. You’ll laugh but it worked out great for me but wasn’t as good asMy Workhorse Kayak a regular kayak.

Back then, the kayaks didn’t have rod holders or gear stowage bins and a lot of saltwater kayaks were too long and narrow. Now, you have your choice of saltwater kayaks. It just depends on what you want. There are kayaks with foot controls, rod holders, stowage bins, motorized, accessories and just about everything else under the sun. I envy those that can afford these but a regular kayak for me will do. A friend of mine, Bob Lathan, from Pennsylvania recently sent me his dream kayak called, the Manta Ray 12, from Native Watercraft Co., and I have to agree with him that this might be the one for me here too in Hawai’i. I was going to get a similar one when I was in PA but my inflatable kayak sufficed since the lakes and rivers up there weren’t too bad and it handled all the conditions I put it through up to Class II. I did try the inflatable a couple of times on Class III rivers but that wasn’t too fun and I had to tie down my gear too much.

Check out Bob’s dream kayak and mine too:

I like to go more “green” on everything but I like to look at all my options. Here’s another one I was thinking about and might be easier to get around but cost a little more too, including gas, is this little number called, the Mokai , a jet-propelled kayak manufactured by Mokai Manufacturing, Inc. I think this would be great for trolling or flyfishing and more affordable than getting a boat. Most of the times we go by ourselves anyway. I also remember the beginning of the “Let’s Go Fishing” show with Ben Wong in one of these but I’m not sure it’s the same one. The video below shows, the Mokai, in a river. It looks pretty cool! Check it out:

Maybe if these manufacturers see this, I can do a review for you folks someday. As always you should check out the individual company’s web site for more information as well as fishing-related uses. Let me know what you think by leaving comments on either the blog or Facebook Fan Page!

By the way, if you’re still wondering, I still have that Tahiti Classic!!!