SALT POND – Kalani and Paul Apilado showed up at the weigh in of the 7th Annual Westside Moshi Moshi Samoan Crab Tournament with five specimens that were in contention for prizes in the 3-day competition that ended with the Sunday, March 16 weigh-in at the Salt Pond pavilions.
“We only catch the big ones,” Kalani said with a smile. “The little ones, we let go – catch ’em for next year!”
But, the boys’ efforts fell short as their biggest specimen measured 7.2 inches across, but only tipped the scales at 2.13 pounds.
A slightly smaller specimen measured 7 inches across, but was a little heavier in weight, coming in at 2.82 pounds.
This could not best the team of Karl Kimura and Ken Miyoshi who swept the Division I awards, their largest crab measuring 7.5 inches and tipping the scales at 3.67 pounds for both Largest and Heaviest awards.
23 crabs captured the team The Most Legal award.
Manny Hodges took the Largest 2nd Division with a 7.2-incher weighing in at 3.04 pounds for the Heaviest 2nd Division award.
Tyson Obatake came in with a total of nine crabs to snare the Most Legal 2nd Division purse.
Solo Reyes was the winner of the special category, The Largest Hawaiian Crab, with a specimen that measured 4.8 inches across and weighed in at .28 pounds.
Coordinators for this unique event were Joe Kauahi and Bully Mission who got a lot of help from community sponsors and their ohana.