Taking A Break for the NFL Championships!

Sorry folks! I’m taking a short hiatus to watch the NFL Championships this weekend and along with football updates, have consumed most of the my time this week. I apologize for not posting and will be back at it soon.

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts for winning the AFC Championship and like I posted on my Hawaii Football Fanatics blog, a big ho’omaika’i (congratulations) to Bruddahs, Aaron Francisco (Kahuku) and Nesians Freddie Keiaho and Fili Moala on their tough road to the Superbowl.

I’m rooting for the Minnesota Vikings to win the NFC Championship. Go Vikings! However, I do like the Saints too since I spent time in my Air Force days deep in the Bayous. My buddies in Mississippi and Louisiana have a great love for the team. I also emphathize with the trials and tribulations the franchise has gone through from the days I was down in New Orleans.

Naufahu Tahi

Naufahu Tahi

Good luck to both teams and I’ll be back soon!

Hamau Leo (Wordless) Wednesday – Hawaiian Twilight

Hawaiian Twilight

Hawaiian Twilight

Hoe Wa’a B.I. Style

Continuation of yesterday’s coverage of the Ho’ike Hoe Wa’a (Canoe Regatta) of Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF) schools. My daughter paddles for the Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i (KSH) and is easing herself into the Hawaiian canoe paddling/racing culture. Watching the different island high school participants interact with each other is in complete contrast to O’ahu’s schools. The cooperation and respect for each other from the kids, their parents, paddling coaches, school administrators and Kailua-Kona fishing/recreational/tour businesses was nothing short of amazing in this day and age. This is what the Hawai’i fishing community needs to have more of in our own events. Right on! Big Island!

Thus, a little more pics of the event and a taste of hoe wa’a, Big Island Style!

Mahalo to all that coordinated and participated in the Ho’ike Hoe Wa’a BIIF!

Kealakehe Hui Wa'a

Hui Wa'a Kealakehe on their way to a win!

Hui Wa'a KSH preparing their canoe for return trip home

Hui Wa'a KSH Preparing Canoe for Return Trip Home

Hui Wa'a Pahoa High School loading their canoe

Hui Wa'a Pahoa loading their canoe on KSH trailer

Hui Wa'a KSH pule kakou (prayer together) and cheer before returning home

Hui Wa'a KSH pule kakou (prayer together) and cheer before returning home

Aia i hea? (Where am I?) Hint: Big Island

Beautiful sunny days are bountiful on the west side! A little bit of vog but not unbearable. If you thought Kailua-Kona you’re right! Sitting on the pier as ‘ohana and I watch the na keiki o ke kai (children of the sea) in their ho’ike hoe wa’a (canoe regatta) between island schools. My daughter will hopefully be paddling today for Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i.

Kona Daze

Kona Daze

Lots of fishing going off on the Kona Coast but hoka (too bad) I have to rest the fishing poles today. Choke (a lot of) boats out in serene waters. Not too windy but just enough to stir up some action. Still any day out in the sun on the Big Island, is definitely better than 20 degrees in the snow!

Kona Regatta

Kona Regatta

Days like this remind me of Ho’aikane’s song, Kailua-Kona, where you can pretty much do what you want. “Kailua-Kona where the air is clean, Kailua-Kona where the grass is green, Kailua-Kona where the fishing’s fine, Kailua-Kona it will blow your mind!” Awww! Kona Daze! Auwe!

Hoe Wa'a Big Island Style

Hoe Wa'a B.I. Style

Right now I’m mobile so I’ll post links and more pics as soon as I can.

Dubious Pair Scamming Beach Folks Arrested (Kealakekua, Hawai’i Island)

Got wind of this from fellow F.B.I. blogger, Damon Tucker, who posted news that a pair of locals who had been scamming tourists for quite some time were arrested by Hawai’i County PD. I happen to catch the tail end of today’s newscast and remembered back in December that Aloha Kayak Co. had problems with illegal vendors. Check it out at KITV.com, “State Cracks Down on Illegal Vendors.”

I love kayak fishing and it hurts to hear these kind of things being done on the Big Island. For those who want to enter the sport, even as tourists, it discourages them from participating. Plus, this kind of news further deters me from venturing out or taking ‘ohana out to other Big Isle fishing spots without worrying about being hassled by hooligans. I’ve heard complaints about illegal vendors strong-arming folks but it seems these two did it very openly like many others without fear. Where’s the cops when you need them?

Take a look at these bruddahs and tell me you wouldn’t pay $5 for parking!

Herman Santiago

Kapahukula Voorhees

Auwe! Big Time to DLNR and Hawai’i County PD for not acting sooner!


National Saltwater Angler Registry (Poho or Not?)

Hilo Fisherman Whipping

Okay, if you’re like me wondering what’s going on and confused heading into the New Year about the National Saltwater Angler Registry (NSAR), don’t fret, other fishermen in the U.S. are having the same problem. Hawai’i is currently one of several states (Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands) that is required to have their fishermen register to fish because we do not have a comprehensive recreational saltwater license or registration program. NOAA has a site specifically to register and answer questions about the NSAR called the NOAA Marine Recreational Information Program.

There are pros and cons to having a national saltwater angler registry but I’ll defer on this while I wait and see what the Feds have in store for the data. Intrusive information that reminds me a little bit of the film, “Red Dawn,” where the Cuban leader ordered his men to gather information about the Boy Scouts (Remember? Said to be a paramilitary organization). I know, it might be a stretch and may never be used for dubious purposes, but too much identity theft and government security breaches going on that it makes me wary.

I always thought Hawai’i would be immune to this kind of licensing because of our long fishing tradition but it looks like the State of Hawai’i never implemented a program to keep or gather hard data for NOAA’s use. Read what other states in the same boat as Hawai’i are reporting:

New Jersey

Rhode Island

Virginia

Maryland

Massachusetts

Here’s an article from North Carolina that states that anglers don’t have to register because they have a program that NOAA can use to mine data:

North Carolina

Check out Hawai’i Fishing News and DLNR for other information.

Anyway, it’s free to register in 2010 but may have a fee attached later. So make your assessment and leave a comment. Maybe our government leaders in Hawai’i will make the right decisions regarding our recreational fishing interests.

Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA Open to Fishing

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Waikiki-Diamond Head Fisheries Management Area

Great news for O’ahu shoreline fishermen for the New Year! A little information to help you get a head start on what is allowed and prohibited. Remember to malama (care for) the kai (ocean), in return, the kai will malama you.

Fishing spots open between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The New Year means a new spot to fish is open on Oahu’s south shores.

Starting Jan 1st, fishermen are free to hit the shoreline between the Waikiki Natatorium and the Diamond Head Lighthouse.

The area is only open every other year to help the fish repopulate.

From Department of Land and Natural Resources:

WAIKIKI-DIAMOND HEAD SHORELINE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AREA TO OPEN ON JANUARY 1, 2010 

Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA open to fishing January 1, 2010.
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area is open to fishing during the calendar year 2010. This area is closed to fishing on alternate years to help restore fish populations.

Location
The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline Fisheries Management Area extends from the ewa wall of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium to the Diamond Head Lighthouse, from the highwater mark out to a minimum seaward distance of 500 yards, or to the seaward edge of the fringing reef if one occurs beyond 500 yards.

Fishing periods
“Open to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of even-numbered years (2010, 2012, etc. ).
“Closed to fishing” from January 1 to December 31 of odd-numbered years (2009, 2011, etc. ).

Permitted
To fish for, take or possess any legal size marine life in season during the “open to fishing” period, provided that only hook-and-line, thrownet, handnet to land hooked fish, and spear fishing and hand harvesting methods are employed.
With a permit to engage in activities otherwise prohibited by law for scientific, propagation or other purposes.

Prohibited
To fish for, take or injure any marine life (including eggs), or to possess in the water any fishing gear during the “closed to fishing” period.
To use any spear between the hours of 6:00 pm to 6:00 am, or have or possess in the water any trap or net except thrownet or handnet to land hooked fish during the “open to fishing” period.

Download a pdf copy of the administrative rule and illustrative map of the Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA.

NOTE: The Waikiki-Diamond Head Shoreline FMA is adjacent to the Waikiki Marine Life Conservation District where fishing is prohibited. Please see the DAR Fishing Regulations page or the Marine Life Conservation District pages for more information.

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic Fans!

A Happy New Year to all Hawai’i Fishing Fanatic readers! Thank you for your support the past year and here’s to a prosperous year ahead for everyone. Lots of exciting events this year for Hawaii’s fishermen that starts with the GT Masters 2010 on February 26 at the Hawai’i Ocean Expo. Don’t forget to enter early, as entries will fill up fast!!

Mahalo Nui Loa,
Don Aweau