LAWAI’A: Spear Fishing, Shoreline Fishing, Throw Net

July 12, 2014 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mahukona and Kapa'a Beach Parks
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We are surrounded by the ocean.  Food self-sufficiency in Hawai’i is not just about the land, but also about gathering from the ocean.  However, the ocean resources today are not what they once were.  Join us in learning traditional Hawaiian and modern ways to fish, gather and regenerate the ocean resources.

This hands-on, in-the-ocean class will cover equipment (traditional, modern and hand made), gathering (‘opihi, ‘a’ama, limu) and fishing techniques of spear fishing, shoreline fishing and throw net.

Ages 15+.  Attendance at the lecture Traditional Gathering & Modern Impacts on Friday, July 11th (6-8 pm) is mandatory for those participating in this hands-on class.  Click Here for information about the lecture.


jeffJeff Coakely, Instructor – Jeff grew up fishing and gathering in the pristine waters of Kaneohe Bay in the 1950s, where he learned traditional Hawaiian ways from his father and grandmother.  He moved to Kohala in 1971, where he learned from many fishermen who relied on their skill to feed their families during the plantation era.  Jeff is deeply concerned that today the reefs are depleted of fish and the stones bare of ‘opihi, limu and ‘a’ama.  He teaches people proper techniques to maintain the ocean resources, living the value of “take only what you  need”, and through education hopes that the community can work together in restoring “what once was”.

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