By Diane Ako
Thank a fisherman today. If it weren't for the folks who go out and catch the fish, we wouldn't be able to celebrate the very fun Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival Week next month.
For the seventh year in a row, Pacific Islands Fisheries Group (PIFG) will coordinate the events, which culminate in the popular festival on Sunday, October 7, at Pier 38, from 9 am-4 pm. "We are expecting more than 20,000 people, over 100 vendors, ono seafood, live entertainment featuring Sean Na'auao, songwriter of the hit Fish and Poi, hula dancers, taiko drums, keiki games, workshops, cooking and fishing demonstrations, and more. The festival is a free and fun event for the entire family, and anyone who enjoys and supports fishing and seafood in Hawaii. Free parking & Shuttle service will be available from Honolulu Community College," says spokesperson Cindy Paliracio.
There will be a week-long celebration of activities and events leading into the festival, which will benefit several other organizations as well, including the Institute of Human Services, Culinary Institute of the Pacifi, University of Hawaii Culinary Programs, and the Mike Sakamoto Scholarship.
The Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival Week includes:
Fishing For Hawaii's Hungry, Sept. 28-30: A free trolling tournament benefiting IHS. All fish will be donated to help feed Hawaii's hungry. The goal is to donate 500 lbs. of fish. Currently, the only source of protein IHS provides is ground beef. Weigh-in at Pier 38 on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 am-12 pm.
Sea To Me Tasting Night at Pier 38 (above Nico's), Oct. 5: A night of seafood prepared by culinary students from Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Big Island. Limited tickets are available for $75 benefiting the Culinary Institute of the Pacific & UH Culinary Schools. This event is expected to sell out.
Keiki Art Contest Display at Windward Mall, Oct. 6: The theme of this years contest is Why is our fishing & seafood community important to me. Keiki in grades 3- 12 can enter to win cash and other prizes. Entries need to be in by September 21. Winners will be showcased at Windward Mall and at the Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival.
7th Annual Hawaii Fishing & Seafood Festival at Pier 38, Oct. 7: Hawaii's largest fishing and seafood festival. Ono food, entertainment, fishing and cooking demos, keiki games, ice dig, learn about island fish at our amazing reef fish display, visit our country store, learn fishing techniques of the old days from kupuna, and much more.
Visit www.hawaiifishingfestival.com for more.