Fishing For Halalu, Lana’i

fisherman on Lanai

Many people on Lana’i still rely on the land and the sea to supplement their diet and put food on the table. As one Lana’i local once told me, “the only groceries you ever need to buy on Lana’i is beer and ingredients to season your meat or fish.”

Though the harbor basin is often free of fishermen, when a run of halalu (baby akule) swims into the basin, word goes out throughout the community and dozens of anglers flock to the rocks. Fishing with poles that don’t even have reels, the experienced fisherman pluck fish out the water with the ease of gardener bending down to pick up fruit.

Here, a local fisherman tries his luck on the rocks at the harbor entrance.

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