Fishing and hunting, two
very popular pastimes in Hawai‘i, are highlighted at the 32nd annual
Hawai‘i Hunting and Fishing Day being held on Saturday and Sunday,
September 27 and 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Koko Head public
shooting range in East O‘ahu.
Department of Land and Natural Resources, in cooperation with
island fishing and hunting clubs and organizations and businesses,
invites the public to participate in this community-based event that
benefits needy families. Entry to the day's events may be made for
donations of canned goods for the Hawai‘i Food Bank.
"Fishermen and hunters in participating clubs want to show that
they care about others through this weekend event," said Kevin Kong,
DLNR Hunter Education Program coordinator. "This is a good opportunity
for island families who enjoy hunting and fishing to join the clubs
and participate in activities that benefit the community, and are fun
Adults may participate in activities (with safety instruction) that
include shooting firearms, shotguns, handguns, archery and casting
Activities for children include archery and flycasting. There will
be lots of demonstrations, food and prizes.
For every can of food or $1 donated, an activity coupon is
provided. Participants who complete every "hands on" activity will
receive a certificate of recognition.
Since 1995, the Department of Land and Natural Resource's Hunter
Education Program and hunting and fishing clubs have donated more than
3 tons of food and several thousands of dollars in contributions to
the Hawai‘i Food Bank.
The Hunter Education Program offers free classes year-round to
educate outdoorsmen and women about firearms and archery safety,
survival and first aid, wildlife identification and conservation,
rules and regulations, game care and outdoor responsibility.
Completion of the hunter education class is a prerequisite to obtain a
Hawai‘i hunting license.
Hawai ‘i Hunting and Fishing Day recognizes the continuing
contributions of sportsmen and women in the conservation of our
wildlife and aquatic resources.
"Each year in Hawai‘i, taxes from hunters, shooters and anglers
account for over 50 percent of our state government's wildlife and
aquatic recreation budgets," said Peter Young, DLNR Chairperson. "They
are used to finance habitat improvement projects for both game and
native endangered species, including projects designed to protect and
preserve native birds, plants and insects and to improve wildlife,
marine and aquatic habitats.
In addition, hunting and fishing activities have a significant
economic impact. According to the 1996 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Survey,
50 percent of Hawai‘i's population participated in wildlife-related
and fishing activities and spent almost $450 million on recreation
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(Note: Koko Head shooting range is located off Kalanianaole Highway,
going towards Waimanalo, take the first left driveway past Hanauma
For more information, contact:
Coordinator, DLNR Hunter Education Program
Phone: (808) 587-0200
Phone: (808) 587-0320