Fishing for a good cause, community members throw in their lines to help families in need

Oahu’s 800-year-old fishpond on Sunday, not only fed people and purged of predators, but it helped three families going through a health crisis right now.

The non-profit Paepae O Heeia held its lau holoholo on Sunday in Kaneohe. It’s a day when the public is invited to fish to eradicate predatory fish like papio and kaku.

But educational coordinator Kanaloa Bishop said it was a special lau holoholo, as 100 percent of the profits are going to three families with loved ones who are suffering with cancer, to help pay for medical bills.

“One of the families, they volunteer regularly at our fish pond. And the little girl Piilani she has cancer,” said Bishop. “There’s also two other families that do a lot for our fish pond and our family, so we wanted to do something for them, just a little something for them.”>

Paepae O Heeia raises fish for the community, conducts school visits and restoration field trips.

The pond mostly has amaama and awa.

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