Wordless Wednesday – Bait Casting Big Island Style!

Bait Casting Big Island Style! Crab calamari!

'Ohiki (sand crab) calamari!

Aloha Pau Hana Friday!

Aloha Friday!

I know everyone has plans for Superbowl weekend and football will be the biggest thing in the islands, but if you get a chance, take the ‘ohana out to fish before the Big Game! Like my friend said, the game don’t start till 1:30 cuz! (on Sunday). So there’s plenty time to soak up the rays and catch up on some fishing news.

I found a couple of fishing tidbits during the week and I hope it’ll be useful to many of you:

* One of my favorite radio stations, Native FM 95.9, on the Big, Big Island has been running a “Catch of the Week” feature for Big Isle fishermen who have caught a fish they want to share. My daughter, Kerrissa, also let me know that they have a new free iPhone/iPod Touch application so that you can listen to them live. Don’t forget you can listen to them live on their website too!

* If you need a new boat but can’t afford a new one, Usedboats.com, has good deals on a whole bunch of different types of used boats. I’m looking for a possible flats boat that doesn’t harm the environment too much but still economical.

* How about that National Saltwater Registry? A recent article in the Honolulu Advertiser has Hawai’i fishermen talking. Not too sure you know all the details about it? You can check my previous post on the subject here.

* Thinking of snorkeling/scuba diving in a very, very, safe environment then you need to go “snuba-ing,” (is that word?) at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki. Just make sure not to bring your three-prong (spear) with you before the dive! The Honolulu Advertiser reports:

The Oceanarium is a 280,000-gallon aquarium with more than 450 fish and ray and 72 different species. Two guests dive at the same time, accompanied by an experienced guide, for about 20 minutes.The cost for Pacific Beach Hotel guests is $45 until March 31 and $60 for visitors to the hotel. The dives begin every 30 minutes and are scheduled Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon and from 2 to 5 p.m.

* When I was younger, I always wanted to know how my Hawaiian tutu got that dried ‘opelu (mackerel) to taste so good. Although, I never found out because she passed away soon after our family returned from Okinawa, Japan, I later found out from Big Island ‘ohana and kupuna how it was done. However, for those of you who’ve often wondered what to do and had a grandma like me who had a steel, cage-like “thingamajig” on the porch (drying platform), you now can get a general idea through this website of how it was done.

Don’t forget to check out my other blog, Hawai’i Football Fanatics, for the latest Hawai’i connection to the Superbowl teams, Indianapolis and New Orleans.

Have a great Pau Hana Friday!


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.

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