Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!

Moloka’i Flats Fishing

Hau’oli Makahiki Hou! (Happy New Year!). It’s been awhile and I was hoping that I could get started on my blog and get back into the swing of things. Yet, life held a bunch of surprises that I hadn’t planned on and hence the delay in posting on my favorite blog.

Well, a lot has changed in one year and I am now working at the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. I won’t go into detail but I love what I’m doing under the leadership of current DHHL Chairman/Director ‘Alapaki Nahale-a. A heavy load of kuleana for sure at this juncture in my life!

Anyway, I was going over a few notes from my previous attempt at posting and I came across these links that might help my fellow fly fishermen who try to even the odds at every chance out in the water:

Stream Time Blog (Flyfishing in the Reel World) – A couple of posts with a few tips on flyfishing the Kona Coast of the Big Island. A nice read, as there is not much out there about fly fishing on the Big Island.

Mike’s Catch Report Blog – Nice blog with great pictures of flyfishing on O’ahu. Lots of slideshows! Mike travels to places that I hold dear to my heart. Including the Salmon River in Pulaski, New York and many of the noted historical streams in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic states. Man! Do I miss the action out there but I don’t miss the cold this time of the year.

DIY Flatsfishing Blog – Getting a guide at a pristine destination will cost you big bucks! I’ll be the first to admit that local knowledge will definitely get you in the better part of the “catch” factor but especially in these hard times, every buck counts. So this site is a refreshing look at how you can start on doing-it-yourself and stretching your dollars a bit. The link is to the Hawai’i post and you get just enough information in finding a spot to fish on your own.

Fly Fusion Magazine (North America’s Fly Fishing Authority) – I’m a sucker for flashy, catchy fishing photography. This site’s not Hawai’i-related but has I couldn’t pass it up during my search for Hawai’i flyfishing sites.

Bonefish Kaua’i – Okay, so this is like, the only island that you can catch trout in a stream, catch bass/peacock bass in the river/dams and go down to the flats to fish for ‘o’io (bonefish)!  Kind of like the Hawaiian Grand Slam with a Twist! There aren’t a lot of guides on Kaua’i and this is one of the rare ones on the internet.

Hope you folks like my first post for 2012 and I’ll continue to write when I have time. Got my writing slippahs back on, so I’m ready!

Hanapa’a! (Fish On!)

Memorial Services: Harry T. Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing Fame

Photo courtesy of Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Reminder: Memorial Services this afternoon for Harry Toshio Kojima, local fishing celebrity and longtime host of Let’s Go Fishing (1981-1998) and Hari’s Kitchen, who passed away on June 8th.

Honolulu StarAdvertiser Info: Visitation 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday July 16 2011 at Mililani Mortuary Mauka Chapel, Waipio, Funeral Service 5:30 p.m. Aloha Attire.

Endangered Hawaiian Honu May Be Delisted

I never thought in my lifetime that I would ever see this happen but the endangered green sea turtle may be delisted and handed over to the state to manage.

According to a Hawaii News Now story, the turtle’s possible delistment is forthcoming :

The Hawaiian Green Turtle, or Honu, has recovered so well since being classified as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act in 1978 that its federal protection may be removed.

“The number of nesting females has multiplied several times over. I think there are at least five or six times more nesting females now than there were 40 years ago,” said Lance Smith, Endangered Species Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Honolulu.

This bodes well for the recovery of the Hawaiian green honu and the Endangered Species Act that made it possible. Now, we have to look at the proper management of the species under state control in the future.

S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge 2011

I was on the Hawaii Fishing Forum again to check out the latest news and results for the S. Tokunaga Store Ulua Challenge this past weekend. Wow! there were some really nice fish! Too bad though! No hundred-pounders this year. Had some really big ‘omilu though this time around!

The final tournament (unofficial) results are as follows from, omer110, on the Hawaii Fishing Forum:

Largest Ulua (Giant Trevally) category:
1. Jason A – 75.2
2. Kalani K – 71.6
3. Bernie L – 68.3
4. Chad M – 62.5
5. Tyson M – 61.5
6. Laron K – 57.8
7. Bruce B – 50.7
8. John B – 49.6
9. John A – 49.1
10. Josh A – 48.8

Largest ‘Omilu (Jack Crevalle) category:
1. Kahana I – 21.4
2. Gerald L – 20.7
3. Shyann V – 18.4
4. Eddie C – 18.3
5. Dane R – 17.6
6. Skee S – 17.4
7. Rudolph L – 17.1
8. Kyle R – 16.5
9. Frederick F – 16.4
10. Brandon Z – 16.1

Mahalo to omer110 for the update! and congratulations to all the winners this year!

You can also check out recent pictures from the tournament on the S. Tokunaga Store Facebook page. Mahalo to major sponsors, Izuo Bros., Shimano and Kaenon Polarized!

I wasn’t able to make it again this year due to previous commitments, but there’s always next year!!!

Hari Kojima of Let’s Go Fishing fame passes away

Photo courtesy of Honolulu StarAdvertiser

Breaking News: Local fishing celebrity and longtime host of Let’s Go Fishing (1981-1998) and Hari’s Kitchen, Hari Kojima, passed away this morning. Hawaii News Now has the latest news on his untimely passing.

Shimano Zircos Fishing Combo Deal

Just got this tweet from @SlickDeals and had to let you folks know! $30 for the new Shimano Zircos reel and a rod to boot from Cabela’s! Heard good things about this reel but not sure its durability in saltwater environment. Check it out! Might be good for akule, moi or menpachi.

I’m still writing my post on the new DLNR director, William Aila, but I’m hoping to get it done this weekend.

In the meantime, enjoy the start of summer and I’ll be in touch!

Aloha,
Aweau

Jose Wejebe on Facebook? What!! Suhweet!!

Jose Wejebe is right up there as being one of my favorite fishing show hosts from way back when. I learned a lot about saltwater flyfishing from watching him in early fishing shows with Flip Pallot & Sandy Moret (another bunch of favorites), later his own television show on ESPN, Spanish Fly, and attending seminars featuring him and Lefty Kreh (My hero! and a whole different story by himself) at flyfishing shows when I was on the East Coast. Great fun-loving person and innovative fisherman!

Check out his Facebook page and become a fan, to see what’s going on in the dynamic fishing world of Jose Wejebe!

Back Online and Updated to WP 3.1

I know, I know, it has been awhile but things have been kind of hectic the last 2 years for me and my ‘ohana (family). Real busy campaigning, moving back home, dealing with a persistent work injury, leaving friends and a great FedEx job and starting at a new position with Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (a place dear to my heart and to my late father, Donald G. Aweau).

Lost some loved ones along the way as well in the last month (sister-in-law, Gaylyn Lee Allen, and my mother-in-law, Adeline Namahoe Lee) . I will miss them dearly, as they were my biggest supporters.

I thank the Good Lord for still being able to afford to keep my blogs online and for the continued support of family, friends and supporters.

Just a few things to cleanup since the blog hasn’t been updated from WordPress 2.6.3 and I’ll be back online to continue my posts. Thus, thanks for your patience.

Mahalo a nui loa!

Malama Pono (Take Care),

Don Aweau