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Liza Learned Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing At Travaasa Hana

Liza Throw Net Fishing

Continuing with our Travaasa Hana adventure stories, one of the many activities that I really enjoyed doing was learning “Throw Net Fishing”.  Noelle took a photo of me during our lessons at Travaasa Hana, but she didn’t go with us at the bay, so I didn’t have a photo of me actually throw net fishing at Hana Bay.   I did take some photos of some of the “classmates” I had that day. These two young girls are sisters. Their whole family learned the art and skill of Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing, and it was neat to see how they are learning about Hawaiian culture through this activity.

Hawaaiin Throw Net Fishing Hana Maui

Throw Net Fishing Hana Bay via Travaasa Hana

I used to think that fishermen just throw the nets randomly but now I know that there are steps to follow to ensure that we are casting the net right.  We did not catch any fish but it was an insightful experience to learn about this culture of traditional Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing. I learned a lot from our instructor (I wish I wrote down his name, because I can’t remember at this time … will find out and write here soon)

Here is a video of Sarah Sekula explaining the process I learned (just imagine it’s me :) ). First, we learned how to “load” the net. Basically, you hold it in three parts to allow the net to open at a wide angle. This involves looping part of net over your shoulder, lunging and placing another part of the net over your leg – kinda awkward for newbies but the more you do it the more you’d get comfortable and it gets easier.  

Now here is a nice slide show video of  Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing, with upbeat Hawaiian music that I think you will enjoy:

Patience, Timing, Focus and Skill -these are the important components Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing. Read this Hawaiian Throw Net Fishing article and find out more about it.

A hui hou!

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Hawaiian Monk Seal – Let’s Help Save In Ways We Can


Photo Credit: Alexandre Lauder

The Hawaiian monk seal is a species in crisis. There are currently fewer than 1,100 seals remaining and their numbers continue to decline by 4% per year. The challenges they face are numerous including shark predation, human disturbance and habituation, fishery interactions, habitat loss, entanglement in marine debris, infectious disease, and even intentional killings. If the current population trends aren’t reversed, the population is expected to slip below 1,000 within the next few years.

Hawaiian Monk Seal chillin at Maui Sunset

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

Key Facts about the Hawaiian Monk Seal:

  • The Hawaiian Monk Seal is one of the most endangered species in the world
  • They are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands and exist nowhere else in the world
  • Habitat covers 1,240 miles from the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to the main Hawaiian Islands
  • The Hawaiian name is ‘Ilio-holo-i-ka-uaua, which translates to dog running in the rough seas
  • Monk Seals are the oldest species of seals on the planet

Photo Credit: Darren MacDaniel

The Maui Darren‘s Top Five things you can do to help:
1.) Let ’em be! Give ’em space (100′ or more), use a zoom.
2.) Call it in 808.292.2372 on Maui!
3.) Educate. Endangered!
4.) Be the Champion. Spread the Word!
5.) Volunteer, Donate!

Hawaiian Monk Seal Bazza Duck

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

Facebook Pages of Organizations Helping Save the Hawaiian Monk Seals from extinction
Photo Credit: Mark Goldberg

Photo Credit: Mark Goldberg

Oahu: (808) 220-7802
Kauai: (808) 651-7668
Molokai: (808) 553-5555
Maui & Lanai: (808) 292-2372
East Hawaii: (808) 756-5961
West Hawaii: (808) 987-0765
Hawaiian Monk Seal & Sunset

Photo Credit: Bazza Duck

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