Fishing tournament reels one in for keiki

The youth of Punana Leo O Kaua‘i reel up more support from local fishermen as the 4th annual fishing tournament to benefit the non-profit Hawaiian language immersion pre-school starts up this weekend.

“It’s just a great event and everyone has always been so good to us,” said Punana Leo O Kaua‘i spokeswoman Shellsie Marshall.

“This tournament not only brings the community together, but it also helps out a great cause,” she said.

This year, there will be a $2,000 grand prize awarded to the largest ulua and a $1,000 prize for the largest papio. Prizes will also be furnished for Oi‘o, Moi, fresh water and reef fish.

The luck of the draw category is new this year, giving local fishermen more chances to win prizes.

Entry fee is $35 for the adult division (18 and older) and $15 for 18 and under. One entry fee entitles participants to enter one category of their choice.

Live entertainment will be provided by Da Bruddahs, Kainani Kahaunaele and the wish list band.

There also will be a Keu Ka Ono I‘a recipe contest.

The tournament runs Friday through Sunday. The weigh-in event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Koloa Ballpark.

There is a $5 entry fee at the door for non-participants. Keiki 12 and under enter free.

Entry forms can be picked up at Village Variety Store in Hanalei, Waipouli Variety Store in Kapa‘a, Lihu‘e Fishing Supply, Punana Leo O Kaua‘i in Puhi, Koloa Discount Variety Store, Steve’s Mini Mart in Kalaheo, Salt Pond Country Store in Hanapepe and Westside Sporting Goods in Waimea.

For more information, call 245-1755.

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