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Archive for July, 2011

North Shore Fishing Tourney

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Clay Abubo and his crew watch as their ahi tips the scale at 199.2 on Saturday, July 16, 2011

Source:  Garden Island Newpaper

HANALEI — The crowd screamed when an ahi brought in by an angler known as Ziggy settled at 192.2 pounds, Saturday at the Hanalei Pier.

“They’re going to go nuts when the other big one comes in,” one of the weigh crew said, smiling at the reaction of the spectators who pushed their way to the yellow caution tape, working their cell phones for a photo while others simply wanted a better look at the big boy.

Two early entries tipped the scales at 134.2 pounds and 136.4 pounds leading spectators to comment about how people already missed a lot of the action.

But that was not the case at the 3rd annual North Shore Fishing Tournament as Eddie Abubo eased his way to the front of the taped off area.

Waiting on the outside, Clay Abubo and his crew were unassuming, working their boat to the floating dock and working the fish box, extracting gasps from the audience as a big tail tumbled onto the deck.

The hitch was fastened and Wayne Tanji worked the remote to hoist the catch.

As predicted by the weigh crew, the audience went wild with screams and cheers as Gary Pacheco, manning the microphone, announced the weight of 199.2.

That proved to be the winning entry in the ahi category.

It was followed just minutes later when a shuttle brought in another ahi and an ono by Stan Morinaka, the ono soaring to the top with a reading of 41.2 pounds.

Jordan Kahananui topped the aku category on a 28.4-pound fish and a 16.8-pound mahimahi topped that category for Jim Spencer.

But the top fish in the categories were not the only thing going home with the 50 boats entered in the tournament.

Chad Pacheco, chair of the tournament for the third year, said the purpose of the tournament is to build camaraderie among the fishermen and the community.

“Every boat which checked in received either a pair of binoculars or a lure head, courtesy of an anonymous donor,” he said.

“In addition to the prizes at this tournament, there is the Mike Sakamoto Challenge, a state competition where the grand prize is a trip for four to Las Vegas. The category in that Challenge is aku.”

Chad Pacheco said the Garden Island Trollers also put up a side pot for a random pull following the tournament as a surprise prize.

Another fun prize was the bouy, signed by all of the committee members and released by a boater, the finder of that bouy earning a special prize.

Nine hours after being released, one of the boats called in the find.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve the tournament,” Chad Pacheco said. “This year, the committee decided on the fun prize as kind of a scavenger hunt for fishermen.”

He said over the years, they’ve had dialog with the fishermen, resulting in the introduction of the floating dock at this year’s weigh in.

Another aspect for this year’s tournament was longer fishing times.

“This is what they wanted,” Chad Pacheco said, announcing additional minutes of fishing via the radio. “But I’m only the captain. The crew (committee) makes it easy for me because they want to build this tournament to be known as ‘the tournament to be in.’”

This year’s tournament featured 50 boats, an improvement over the 45 boats in the first tournament and 38 boats from last year’s tournament.

Allure Kauai’s Top 10 Things to Do

Welcome to the beautiful Garden Island of Kauai.  Whether this is your very first visit to Kauai or maybe you’ve been here many of times before, consider yourself lucky to experience one of the worlds most amazing places.  I am truly blessed to have been raised on this magical slice of paradise.  There are a few secret treasures on Kauai that I highly recommend you do while visiting the Garden Island.  Now remember…always use your best judgement. If in doubt, don’t go out!  Use common sense at all times.  Be cautious and protect yourself and loved ones by practicing safety first.

1) Hike to Hanakapiai Falls

2) Napali Boat Tour

3) Queens Bath

4) Zip Lining on Kauai’s north shore

5) Drive up to Koke’e State Park

6) Polihale Beach

7) Kayaking Hanalei River/Bay

8) Camping at Kalalau Beach (permits required)

9) Mediterranean Gourmet Restaurant

10) Snorkeling

While there are so much more to do these top 10 things to do are worth considering.  PLEASE check with all state and county officials for more information ocean and weather condition prior to your adventures.

Be safe and have fun!!

Oceanfront Dining on Kauai’s North Shore

Haena offers two dining venues serving up everything from on-the-go morning espresso to elegant oceanfront dining at one of Kauai’s top-rated restaurants.

The acclaimed Mediterranean Gourmet restaurant offers lunch and dinner in a truly breathtaking beachfront setting. The restaurant opened in 2006 and immediately claimed the honor of “Best New Restaurant On Kauai” in Honolulu Magazine’s prestigious Annual Hale ‘Aina culinary awards. Since then, The Mediterranean Gourmet has continued to rank each year as one of the island’s top three restaurants.

Inspired by the cuisine and culture of his Lebanese roots, Chef Imad Beydoun and his wife Yarrow have created a truly international dining experience, with menu selections featuring Greek, French, and Middle Eastern influences, as well as fresh local fish and Pacific Rim favorites.  The food is delicious!

The charming Napali Art Gallery & Coffee Shop starts your day with coffee, espresso, and pastries as well as mid-day snacks to go. The tiny shop also offers a wonderful array of art and jewelry by local artisans, such as hand-blown glass, koa woodcraft, ceramics, paintings, and jewelry featuring local sea glass and the treasured pearl-like shells of Niihau, the island situated off Kauai’s western shore.

You might plan on staying in Haena vacation rental or perhaps somewhere in the nearby towns of Hanalei, Princeville, Anini or Kilauea.  There are great accommodations to choose from and lots of fun things to do.   You will have so much fun.

Celebrate 4th of July on Kauai

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IMG_0168Imagine  a fun day in the sun, with gentle trade winds, palm trees swaying, blue skies, and a turquoise blue ocean to jump in to.  Just beautiful!  Celebrate the 4th of July in Hawaii.  So you might just plan a spur of the moment vacation and start booking your trip over to the Garden Island of Kauai.  If that’s your plan consider staying in a Kauai vacation home or condo.  There are a few Kauai accommodations I recommend.  A private home on the beach in Hanalei Bay.  The Pine Trees Beach Villa is a wonderful oceanfront choice .  Otherwise, a great home located in Haena called Hale Manoa is a wonderful option as well.  It is located within a short walk to Tunnels Beach Kauai.  So it really depends on what is most important to you.  If you’re lucky enough to jump on a plane and head right on over, great!

Locals and tourist alike enjoy the 4th at the beach, while grilling up some fresh island fish, surfing, swimming, and simply relaxing.  If you like firework shows, The Concert in the Sky is worth checking out.  There are Kauai festivities happening in the month of July.  So be sure not to miss out all all the good events happening.  There are there aren’t much of that going on here.  If you like Your options are endless, if you truly love the outdoors.  Kauai may just be your favorite destination spot.  So why not treat yourself to a last minute vacation to Hawaii.  It is worth it.  The weather in July is amazing, rain or shine.

Happy 4th of July!  Have fun and be safe…