An inaugural community fishing tournament

The Kewalo Harbor Big Fish is a new annual community fishing tournament presented by Ward Village. The tournament will be held June 6 at Kewalo Harbor.

Race Randle, Vice President of Development at Ward Village, says the corporation started this tourmanent as a nod to the area’s historical ties to fishing. “Kewalo actually has a history rooted in the art of fishing, and was traditionally the heart of a bustling fishing village in Kaka’ako. In the 1920s, Kewalo Harbor was created as a mixed-use harbor for charter and commercial fishing vessels. Today, Kewalo is home to more than 100 commercial fishing boats and recreational ocean activities. Our hope is that through events such as the Kewalo Harbor Big Fish Chase, we will be able to bring more attention to the fantastic fishing and activities available at Kewalo Harbor,” Randle says.

Prizes include a $10,000 prize purse sponsored by Ward Village, as well as a special prize named after “Choy’s Monster.” On June 10, 1970, Captain Cornelius Choy caught the largest marlin via rod-and-reel in the world off of Kewalo Harbor, weighing in at 1,805 pounds. The marlin was dubbed “Choy’s Monster” and continues to hold the record today. In honor of Choy’s Monster, the Kewalo Harbor Big Fish Chase will offer a grand prize of $50,000 to anyone who catches a marlin larger than the infamous Choy’s Monster!

The entry fee for the tournament is $500 per team with registration available at www.konatournaments.com. Registration is due on Friday, May 29. There is no limit on the number of entries. Up to 20 boaters travelling from outside Honolulu will be able to stay at Kewalo Harbor temporarily for the event.

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