Tight Lines Hawaii Kokua Tournament 2019
Beautiful weather graced the 2nd Annual Tournament Weigh-Ins at Waimanalo Beach Park. Light winds and clear skies made for a great family fun day to give back, talk story, & eat some ono grinds. Live music, air conditioned restrooms, and an upgraded tent area made the day enjoyable for all.
Top fishermen in Paipo, O’io, & Ulua categories took home cash. If you bought raffle tickets you took home more prizes as called out by the hostess Merlinda Garma. Poseidon Fisheries Researchers cleaned trevally’s brought in and harvested what organs they needed to provide us more knowledge of what age and what time of the year they are spawning.
This may look like a normal fishing tournament, but the real reason behind it all is Aloha. Ezra Mineshima almost lost his life and would have left behind his wife and young son. After multiple surgeries he has been on the path to recovery but medical expenses do not come cheap. Garrett Yamamoto of Tight Lines Hawaii created the Kokua Tournament to help families in the Hawaii Fishing Community with medical needs like the Mineshima’s. Donated raffle and silent auction items help raise funds for a chosen family each year. This year’s vendors also donated 100% of their profits from the day to the cause. Using Tight Lines, Garrett Yamamoto has created a way for the fishing community to give for a great cause and demonstrate ALOHA 360.
Event photos available in media section of our website.
*Update: The event total came out to $28,923.34! See the Tightlines IG post of the check presentation.