Maui Electric Company and Kā‘anapali Golf Course’s 7th Annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament, held on Sunday, September 27, raised more than $19,000 benefiting the Maui United Way. The annual event lured more than 2,000 attendees – including the 600 keiki, ages two to 18, who cast their fishing poles in hopes of catching the largest tilapia or “special catch of the day” at the Kā‘anapali Golf Course Pond during this “tag and release” event.
“We are so thankful for having community partners like Maui Electric and Kā‘anapali Golf Course who coordinate and host this awesome event that our community looks forward to year after year,” said Laksmi Abraham, Maui United Way president and chief professional officer. “Seeing the coordination that goes behind the tilapia tourney is truly a labor of love and it enables Maui United Way to continue helping those who need it the most in our community.”
This year, awards went out to the following keiki:
“Tilapa-Whoppa” Largest Tilapia of the Day
Isaac Imamura (998 grams) (from the Ages 6-12 Category)
Largest Tilapia by Age Category
· 1st Place: Dallas Bayez (230 grams)
· 2nd Place: Tommy Gilroy-Yamamura (218 grams)
· 3rd Place: Jamie Cabanas (212 grams)
· 1st Place: Chloe Hokoana (237 grams)
· 2nd Place: Kaden Anderson (217 grams)
· 3rd Place: Damien Whitcher (206 grams)
· 1st Place: Reyann Mau Bagay (212 grams)
· 2nd Place: Kaycee Arase (201 grams)
· 3rd Place: Micah Kele (184 grams)
Special Catch of the Day: (First non-tilapia from each weigh station)
Weigh Station 1: Summer Wong (Kupipi)
Weigh Station 2: Gavin Gosselin (Papio)
Weigh Station 3: JJ Pascua (Aholehole)
Weigh Station 4: Adrian Solomon (Papio)
More than 100 Maui Electric employees and their families dedicated over 300 volunteer hours to help organize this year’s event that benefits Maui United Way, a non-profit organization that raises and invests corporate and individual donations in 40 health and human services partner agencies and 41 programs to benefit our Maui County community.
Mahalo to event sponsors that also provided monetary and in-kind support and donations: Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company ; KCK Entertainment; Maui Sporting Goods; Na`auao Traffic Control LLC; Starwood Properties of Hawaii; Sun Edison; Sun King; Inc.; A1 Refrigeration, Air Conditioning & Sheetmetal, Inc.; Aina Excavation & Grading, Inc.; Emura’s Trophies & Awards; G4S; Hawaii Energy Smart; Henkels & McCoy; IBEW Local 1260; Kaanapali Beach Hotel; Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC; KMG Hawaii; Maui Coast Hotel; Maui Garage Doors; Maui Soda & Ice Works; New Maui Fishing Supply; No Problem Electric, Inc.; Positive Apparel; Teddy’s Bigger Burgers; Circuit Electric, Inc.; Electrical Connection Maui LLC; Mama’s Fish House Restaurant & Inn; Miyake Concrete Accessories, Inc.; Petrospect, Inc.; RM Controls, Inc. and Squeaky Clean Cleaning Service, LLC.