The Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament has always been a popular event for local fishermen and this year, the 17th edition should be highly successful again.
The tournament, sponsored by the Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, is scheduled Aug. 16-18.
“Every year we have a lot of interest, and it’s a fun event,” said Rod Cambra of the P&R Department. “We know a lot of people took out applications to participate in the tournament, so we want to remind them to turn them in by the July 19 deadline.”
Cambra called the annual Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament “a special event.”
“Our goal has been to provide a multitude of ohana islandwide with a wholesome event,” he said. “It’s an event that brings everyone in the family together to enjoy a weekend of fun and to have our children introduced to the world of outdoor shoreline sports fishing.
“From our humble beginning of only 67 participants, we had over 350 participants last year — and we’ve seen the tournament grow year after year.”
Starting time for the tournament is 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 along Big Island shorelines only. The final weigh-in will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the P&R Honokaa Gym.
There are six divisions (includes entry fee) — 1. Men’s (18+), $25; 2. Women’s (18+), $25; 3. Teen (ages 13-17), $20; 4. Children (ages 5-12), $20; 5. Kupuna (55+), $20; and 6. Ohana ($20/team). Entrants can enter only one division plus the Ohana division if they have a team.
Awards will be given in each division from 1st through 15th place for the heaviest fish. Awards will also be presented to the Ohana division winners based on the total weight of the three specified species of fish caught by at least two of the team participants. Family member awards will include 1st through 15th place, with only one place per team.
An awards ceremony will be held after the final weigh-in and entrants must be present to receive awards.
“We’re still asking for help from the community and businesses in sponsoring a prize or any type of donation that can be used for awards or prizes for this year’s event,” said Jayme Carvalho, the P&R tournament’s prize coordinator.
“With all the generous support that we have received from the community and businesses throughout the years, we’ve been able to make this shoreline fishing tournament extra special for all ohana participants. We’re still seeking more help for this year’s tournament, so if you can help in any way, please contact us.”
Registration forms are still available at all P&R facilities, gyms and aquatic pools as well as S. Tokunaga Store in Hilo and J. Hara Store in Kurtistown. Entry forms and payment must be postmarked by July 19 and mailed to: Recreation Division Office, Attn: Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament, 799 Piilani St., Hilo, HI. 96720.
For more tournament information, call 962-2103. To make a donation or offer prizes/awards, call Carvalho at 936-4285.
Carvalho said the Ohana Shoreline Fishing Tournament is a drug, tobacco, alcohol and litter free event.