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For Immediate Release: September 17, 2003


Hawai'i Hunting and Fishing Day Supports Island Families via Hawai'i Food Bank


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 and well-supervised."

Adults may participate in activities (with safety instruction) that include shooting firearms, shotguns, handguns, archery and casting fishing lines.

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 Bay.)

For more information, contact:
Kevin Kong
Coordinator, DLNR Hunter Education Program
Phone: (808) 587-0200

Deborah Ward
Information Specialist
Phone: (808) 587-0320


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