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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.

31st Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk

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Every year Kauai residents and visitors look forward to the Annual Ha’ena to Hanalei 8 mile Run/Walk, organized by the Hanalei Canoe Club.  This is a wonderful fundraiser event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.

The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in beautiful Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.

Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..

Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.

Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.

ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!  Yummy.

If you’re a resident of Kauai, visiting, or just planning a vacation during the Summer, this is a wonderful fundraiser to partake in.  Choosing to stay in a Hanalei vacation rental or a Haena home rental is a good choice.  Maybe you prefer a Princeville.  It is just up the hill from Hanalei, about a 5-minute drive.  There are many luxury Kauai vacation rentals to choose from as well.   For more information and to sign up please go to www.hanaleicanoeclub.com.

This is a fun event that has been held for the last 31 years. It will be held on June 4th, 2011 at 7:00 a.m. We have runners participate from all over the world.
Course: The 8-mile course begins at the end of the road in Ha’ena, traversing the scenic stretch of road and one-lane bridges along the breathtaking North Shore towards Hanalei Town. Turn left at Anae Road after the Waioli Bridge, and then turn right at Weke Road to the finish at the Hanalei Pier. The 5K Run starts and ends at the Hanalei Pier. The Youth Run starts and ends at the Pier.
Start time: 8-mile Runners – 7:00 a.m., Walkers – 6:00 a.m. There will be a free shuttle bus to the starting line in Ha’ena, leaving the Hanalei Pier beginning at 5:15 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier. The Youth Run begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Pier..
Awards: Male & Female runners: 1st through 3rd for overall and each age group. Awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club. Age groups: 1 mile: 6 & under, 7 – 10, 11 – 14. 8-mile Run/Walk & 5K Run: 15 – 19, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, 70 & over.
Pancake Breakfast: $7.00 per person, all you can eat, 7:00 a.m. at the Hanalei Canoe Club.
ALL RUNNERS EAT FREE!

The movie ‘Soul Surfer’, a story about Bethany Hamilton

A movie based on an all inspiring true story of Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer in theaters everywhere April 8. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.

Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.

Soul Surfer reveals Bethany’s fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Bethany has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of determination, faith and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, Bethany jumped on the board at a young age. Bethany entered her first surf competition—winning both the short and long board divisions at age eight. On Halloween morning 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which bit off her left arm and seemed to end her career as a rising surf star. After losing more than 60% of her blood and undergoing several surgeries, Bethany began her recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water. Two months later, Bethany placed fifth in the Open Women’s division surf competition and just over a year after the attack she won her first National Title. In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous Association of Surfing Professionals and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. “It has been an incredible journey for me and now, I’m just so excited to share it!” says Bethany.

“Bethany’s story is so powerful,” says Soul Surfer Director Sean McNamara. “Most people would have given up after what happened to her, but not only did she make an amazing return to surfing, she excelled at it, and has turned her life into an inspiration for people all around the world. She is someone you look at and think, ‘If she can do all the incredible things she’s done, I can set the world on fire, too.'” says Sean.

Source:  http://www.soulsurferthemovie.com/

Bethany’s Official Website: www.bethanyhamilton.com

Birthday hike on Kauai!

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Hauoli La Hanau Lily!  A year ago today, my baby girl, Lily Lake Abubo was born. The morning wasn’t looking so good, but despite the rainy weather conditions we decided to do something fun.  My husband and I took our 3 keiki on a beautiful hike. It was between Hanakapiai or Okolehau Trail in Hanalei.  We chose Okolehau.  A perfect one for the kids.

The weather was just right, not too hot or not too rainy.  In fact, it was great for hiking.  The kids are always so anxious and excited, when it comes to a little outdoor adventure.  Lily was very excited on our hike up.  We sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Lily, probably about a 100 times until we reached the lookout.  Some parts of the trail got really muddy, we had fun getting dirty, the kids especially.  What kid do you know does not like playing in mud?  Rush and Star trekked along so happily, and so did the parents.

Needless to say, I feel truly blessed to live on this beautiful island, Kauai.  A place we all love so dear to our hearts.  To spend a day outside with the family on a fun and exciting adventure is what makes us all happy.  It is moments like this that we will cherish for a lifetime.

In fact, I recommend anyone visiting the island to take your family on a healthy hike outdoors.  You’ll find hiking on Kauai for all levels, for moderate to extreme.  Some trails overlook the ocean, while others look over valleys, and waterfalls.  Explore Kauai while you can.  Please remember to ask local officials for more information on the various hiking trails offered on Kauai.  Remember to always be safe and drink lots of water the night before and during the hike.  Think safety first!  Have fun…

Relax your mind, body, and spirit at Yoga Hanalei

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If you’re staying at a Kauai vacation rental be sure to stop in for a class at Yoga Hanalei.  Director and Founder, Bhavani Maki specializes in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, and Yoga Therapy, Bhavani offers unique insights into discovering greater joy and freedom within one’s self.  She is an inspiration to many and a wonderful teacher.  Best Yoga Studio on the island.  All of the teachers are awesome.  There are many yoga classes to choose from.  You’ll love Yoga Hanalei!