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Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament nets more than $19,000 for Maui United Way

By Staff | Oct 8, 2015

Isaac Imamura won the “Tilapa-Whoppa” award for catching the largest tilapia (998 grams) during the seventh annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament hosted by Maui Electric Co. and Kaanapali Golf Course.

KAANAPALI – Maui Electric Company and Kaanapali Golf Course’s seventh annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament held on Sunday, Sept. 27, raised more than $19,000 for the Maui United Way.

The annual event lured more than 2,000 attendees, including 600 keiki ages two to 18, who cast their fishing poles in hopes of catching the largest tilapia or “special catch of the day” at the Kaanapali Golf Course Pond during this “tag and release” event.

“We are so thankful for having community partners like Maui Electric and Kaanapali Golf Course, who coordinate and host this awesome event that our community looks forward to year after year,” said Laksmi Abraham, Maui United Way president and chief professional officer.

“Seeing the coordination that goes behind the tilapia tourney is truly a labor of love, and it enables Maui United Way to continue helping those who need it the most in our community.”

This year, awards went out to the following keiki:

“Tilapa-Whoppa,” Largest Tilapia of the Day – Isaac Imamura (998 grams) from the Ages 6-12 Category;

Largest Tilapia: Ages 2-5 – Dallas Bayez (230 grams), Tommy Gilroy-Yamamura (218 grams), Jamie Cabanas (212 grams); Ages 6-12 – Chloe Hokoana (237 grams), Kaden Anderson (217 grams), Damien Whitcher (206 grams); Ages 13-18 – Reyann Mau Bagay (212 grams), Kaycee Arase (201 grams), Micah Kele (184 grams);

Special Catch of the Day (first non-tilapia from each weigh station): Station 1 – Summer Wong (kupipi), Station 2 – Gavin Gosselin (papio), Station 3 – JJ Pascua (aholehole), Station 4 – Adrian Solomon (papio).

More than 100 Maui Electric employees and their families dedicated over 300 volunteer hours to help organize this year’s event that benefits Maui United Way, a nonprofit organization that raises and invests corporate and individual donations in 40 health and human services partner agencies and 41 programs to benefit our Maui County community.

Event sponsors that also provided monetary and in-kind support and donations include Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company; KCK Entertainment; Maui Sporting Goods; Na`auao Traffic Control LLC; Starwood Properties of Hawaii; Sun Edison; Sun King Inc.; A1 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Sheetmetal Inc.; Aina Excavation & Grading Inc.; Emura’s Trophies & Awards; G4S; Hawaii Energy Smart; Henkels & McCoy; IBEW Local 1260; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kirby Offshore Marine LLC; KMG Hawaii; Maui Coast Hotel; Maui Garage Doors; Maui Soda & Ice Works; New Maui Fishing Supply; No Problem Electric Inc.; Positive Apparel; Teddy’s Bigger Burgers; Circuit Electric Inc.; Electrical Connection Maui LLC; Mama’s Fish House Restaurant & Inn; Miyake Concrete Accessories Inc.; Petrospect Inc.; RM Controls Inc.; and Squeaky Clean Cleaning Service LLC.