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August 1, 2010 – Kohala Coast, Hawaii

Video by David Corrigan

15 island children and their families enjoyed a hands on Hawaiian fishing experience at the Lawai‘a ‘Ohana Camp this week.

The camp attracted families from across the island for the free, four day event. The local fisherman learned how to make and use a throw-net, prepare and rig a bamboo pole, identify fish, monitor water quality, clean and cook fish, and practice sustainable fishing methods.

On Tuesday, everyone gathered at the Eva Parker Woods Cottage at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, where Danny Akaka Jr. taught them the legends of the nearby Waipuhi Fishpound and the art of tossing a throw-net. The children, who had been practicing with the nets earlier, were eager to try to catch some fish in the Nanuku Inlet.

The event included camping at Ka‘upulehu Interpretive Center at Kalaemano, a historical fishing area in North Kona, and was sponsored by The Kohala Center and Hawaii Fish Trust.

According to the Kohala Center website, the “Lawai‘a (fisherman) ‘Ohana Camp’s purpose is to provide youth and family members with the opportunity to learn about sustainable approaches to preserving and managing Hawai‘i’s marine life through in-class and hands-on training experiences, as well as to learn about mauka-makai resource relationships and management.”