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Ahi Fever Press Release

For Release May 15, 2000

FISHING TOURNAMENT AND HO’OLAULE’A GEARING UP FOR BIG JUNE 10th AND 11th WEEKEND

As of April 22, 2000 the Ahi Fever Fishing Tournament was filled to it’s maximum of 260 boat teams. Eighteen boats went on to a waiting list hoping to get in the tournament if cancellations appear. Any team already in the tournament can drop out for any reason and receive a full refund (5% clerical fee waived), up till June 8th, 2000. For a fishing tournament to fill up over seven weeks before the event day is unprecedented in Hawaii. This shows just how popular this tournament is with the local fishermen.

Local Hawaii fishermen (only one mainland team is entered) will be competing for over $116,000 in cash and merchandise. Major prizes like a 2000 JN Chevrolet Silverado 4X4 truck, for any team beating the state Ahi record and $10,000 cash for largest Ahi of the tournament are just 2 of 62 prize categories for the fishermen. During the tournament Windward Boats will be handing out $3,000 in gift certificates good for anything they sell in their store.

Now that registration is closed, Waianae Boat Fishing Club members are busy preparing for the onslaught of fishermen, boats, and spectators descending on Waianae Boat Harbor on June 10 and 11. It promises to be an exciting and fun-filled weekend for the participants and spectators. All day will be displays of new fishing boats, trucks, fishing equipment, marine petroleum products, and lifelike fiberglass fish replicas. There will be plenty of ethnic food, including super fresh fish plates and super fresh fish poke. Ahi Fever T-shirts, hats, and lures will be available for purchase. The new Ahi Fever perpetual trophy will be on display and is the largest and most expensive perpetual trophy in the world. The exciting weighing in of tournament fish that can sometimes top 1,000 pounds will take place from 4PM to 7PM daily. KGU 760AM radio with Mike Buck will be broadcasting live from the boat harbor on June 11th , 5PM to 8PM and will have plenty of free door prizes to give away to fishermen and spectators. The major tournament winners will also be announced over the radio that evening.

The Ahi Fever in Waianae Fishing Tournament is presented by Waianae Boat Fishing Club with major sponsors, CHEVRON, WINDWARD BOATS, COORS LIGHT, and JN TRUCK CENTER

For further tournament information call 808-696-3399 or visit the tournament website at AHI-FEVER.com

A short walk across the boat harbor parking lot to the C&C grassy park and you will find yourself in the middle of the MDA HO’OLAULE’A O WAI’ANAE presented as a fund-raiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Ho’olaulea runs from 10AM to 7PM on Saturday and 10AM to 5PM on Sunday. There will be continuous entertainment (16 different acts are scheduled) by such groups as H’omanalo, Nu’uanu Brothers, The Debonnaires, Na Makaha Ehu, Tropical Wine, Ku’ulako, Country Side Band, Pu’uwailani, and several Hula and Tahitian dance troupes. For the Keikis, there will be rides and jumping castles by EXTERME FUN, free Keiki Ids, pony rides, and games. A wide assortment of ethnic food will help alleviate any hunger pains experienced while you stroll through countless craft and souvenir booths set up by local artisans.

Jeremy Harris, mayor of Honolulu is expected to attend and will be issuing an advance proclamation to name June 10 as "Waianae Ahi Fever & MDA Ho’olaule’a Day". The Ho’olaule’a and tournament drew over 6,000 in attendance in 1999 and was expected to top that for 2000. All events are free and there will be plenty of free parking in the surrounding areas and the recently cleared dirt parking lot on the Makaha side of the boat harbor.

Non-profit groups, food vendors, craft displayers, commercial vendors, Ahupua’as, and community groups are invited to participate. Aunty Bella and the MDA are still in need of volunteers to help organize and operate the event and are looking for corporate and small business sponsors.

For further information on the MDA HO’OLAULE’A O’ WAI’ANAE, call Aunty Bella at 808 696-1737 or email auntybella@hotmail.com/. You may also visit the Ho’olaule’a website at http://www.ahi-fever.com/hoolaulea.htm.

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