Fish Derby Saturday At Ho‘omaluhia

Young fisherfolk concentrate on their potentially prize-winning catch at a past fishing derby at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden’s reservoir, while the judges record the details. This year’s catch-and-release derby is June 2. Photo from Donna Takahashi-Gomes.

Keiki can show that they’re “reel” fishing experts who can tackle anything during Saturday’s Keiki Fishing Derby at the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden reservoir.

The free event, in celebration of National Fishing Week, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park, located at the mauka end of Luluku Road.

Fish needn’t worry, however, as fishing is on a catch-and-release basis. There will be no casting allowed; keiki can only drop their lines in the water. Also, no live bait will be permitted, but white bread works great for a freshwater fishing event such as this. Although the garden has some bamboo poles available, participants are encouraged to bring their own hand-held poles, bar-bless hooks and non-live bait.

The three age categories for competition are ages 4-7, 8-12 and 13-17. All youths must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded for longest fish over 7 inches, most midas cichlids and most unusual catch. Family and friends who do not participate in the competition can still enjoy some catch-and-release fishing along the shoreline.

Recommended for anglers are walking shoes, insect repellent, water and a lunch.

Parking is available at the Visitor Center. Then follow the “red fish” signs along the garden trail to the fishing shoreline.

For more information, call 233-7323.