Talk story about fishing at Earth Day outreach event
KAANAPALI — The Kaanapali Makai Watch program will host an Earth Day outreach event on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kahekili Beach Park.
This family event will feature activities, information and demonstrations for both residents and visitors.
Participants will learn about the coral reef ecosystem, water quality, fishing, the Kahekili Herbivore Fisheries Management Area and opportunities to get involved with the Kaanapali Makai Watch program and collaborating organizations.
Maui’s coordinator of the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Response Network will share information about Hawaiian monk seals — frequent visitors to the Kaanapali area recently — and how people can get involved by volunteering for the program.
The state Division of Aquatic Resources will teach volunteers how to conduct in-water fish surveys starting at 9 a.m. For those interested in water quality and helping with the community-based Turbidity Task Force, an overview of its purpose, simple methods and water quality sampling techniques will be conducted at 9:15 a.m.
There will also be games and activities with cultural and fishing themes, including pole fishing from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Learn knot tying for hooks, lead and swivels, and talk story about fishing, the ocean and the area of North Kaanapali.
From 10:30 to 11 a.m., learn about lauhala weaving with a focus on fish and the ocean. The group will discuss the history of weaving and why the art is important.
And from 11:30 a.m. to noon, ‘upena kiloi (throw net) will be demonstrated. The group will talk story about what kind of fish a throw net is used to catch and share personal experiences related to the practice.
Other fish identification and fishing games, as well as arts and crafts, will take place throughout the day.
Supplies for community cleanups — bags, gloves, nets and water — will be available to anyone who wants to come by to pick them up and clean a section of their beach in the region.
The event will also feature a prize giveaway every half hour. Participants will have the chance to win gift certificates and items from Maui Sporting Goods and Maui Surfboards’ Killah Wiffah Surf Shop.
Contact Coordinator Luna Kekoa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Foote at Lfoote@coral.org or 669-9062.