MECO Fishing Tournament Nets 600 Youth
The fish were jumping at the Third Annual Maui Electric Company (MECO) Keiki Tilapia Fishing Derby tournament held last month at Ka'anapali Golf Course.
The event brought out 600 children and their families for a morning of fun and excitement. Hooks were baited and fish cooperated to bring laughter and smiles to everyone participating in the event. The tournament helped to raise funds and bring awareness to the ongoing 2011 Maui United Way fundraising campaign.
Caine Fernandez-Loui is assisted by a family member as he proudly poses while holding the first fish of the day caught at the Third Annual Maui Electric Company Keiki Tilapia Fishing Derby held Sunday, Sept. 24, at Ka‘anapali Golf Course.
"Ka'anapali is a place for families to enjoy all types of activities and create lasting memories," said Ka'anapali Golf Course General Manager Ed Kageyama. "We are honored to partner with MECO and Maui United Way to host the Annual Keiki Fishing Derby, and love how it brings the community together for a great cause."
For MECO President Ed Reinhardt, it was an opportunity for MECO families and their 'ohana to gather and celebrate one of Maui's great traditions-fishing and passing that knowledge from one generation to another, while helping Maui United Way meet pressing needs in the community through their partner agencies.
To date, MECO has raised over $53,000 in the 2011 United Way Maui Giving Campaign.
"We are thrilled at the turnout today and are so appreciative of our partnership with MECO and the Ka'anapali Golf Courses," said Maui United Way President and Chief Professional Officer Laksmi M. Abraham. "It's another example of what helps Maui United Way do our important work in supporting education, income and health programs on Maui."
Ninety-eight percent of every contribution to Maui United Way stays on Maui, addressing needs right here in our community, Abraham added.
Winners & Weights
First Mikaela Benavides 8.25 oz.
Second Paige Betty 6.625 oz.
Third Brie-Ann Fukutomi 6.5 oz.
Smallest Moki Wright .125 oz.
First Elijah Flores 27.5 oz.
Second Ty Miller 12.0 oz.
Third Colin Miller 8.625 oz.
Smallest Asia Flores .125 oz.
First Tiffany Kokubun 5.0 oz.
Second Lance Vierra 4.875 oz.
Third Codie Miyake-Matsubayshi 4.375 oz.
Smallest Josielyn Oliveros .25 oz.
The tagged fish was caught by Mikaela Benavides.