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Hauanio to lecture on traditional ulua fishing (Jan. 23-24)


Hawaiian fisherman Aku Hauanio of Kalapana demonstrates traditional Hawaiian ulua fishing techniques in upcoming Eia Hawaii and Puana Ka Ike lectures.

Hauanio will share the wisdom and practice of early cliff-top fishing know as hang-baiting in his lecture “Kau Laau: Traditional Hawaiian Ulua Fishing Technique” 2–3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Campus Center 301, and 5:30–7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, in the Keauhou Ballroom III at Sheraton Keauhou Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The ulua, a species of crevalle, jack, or pompano, is legendary in Hawaiian culture. The largest ulua caught in recent times weighed 191 pounds.

While modern ulua fishing equipment and tournaments pull countless fish from the sea each year, some Hawaiians are revisiting the traditions of their ancestors for more sustainable fishing practices.

Born and raised in Kalapana, Hauanio grew up at the ocean throwing net, diving, aama (black crab) gathering, pounding opihi (limpets) and fishing in the kau laau, or maamaa, style as his father and grandfather did before him. Kau laau was passed down from generations in the Kalapana area.

For more information on this presentation, contact Joy Cunefare at (808) 322-5340 or e-mail

For lecture schedules visit

Webcasts of previous lectures are available at

The lectures are sponsored by Keauhou-Kahaluu Education Group, Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, and University of Hawaii at Hilo, Kipuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

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