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Stolen Ahi from Ahi Fever Tournament Perpetual Trophy Replaced

For Release March 9, 2000

Thanks to the generous donation of big island taxidermist and artist, Layne Luna, the 200lb fiberglass Ahi fish replica that was stolen off of the Ahi Fever Perpetual Trophy, during last October’s HYDRAFEST, has been replaced.

Members of the Waianae Boat Fishing Club, Waianae residents, and fishing enthusiasts were shocked and dismayed last October when their prized Ahi Fever Perpetual Trophy was vandalized at the annual Pearl Harbor HYDRAFEST. At that time, HYDRAFEST volunteers discovered that the displayed 200lb fiberglass Ahi replica had been stolen off of the huge trophy base sometime in the night. Ahi Fever Tournament Director Bob Prevost was quoted as saying, "We, from Waianae, were quite proud of possessing what was possibly the largest and most expensive perpetual trophy in the world, and when we heard part of it was stolen we felt sick, because just the fish alone was valued at over $2,500 and was uninsured". The media picked up on the story and a statewide search was conducted. The only really good lead was called into a local radio show that the fish was last seen in the back of an unidentified pu truck going down Nimitz Hwy. Unfortunately it was never seen again.

When Big Island artist and taxidermist Layne Luna heard of the loss and of all the good things the Fishing Tournament had accomplished, he called and volunteered his time and talents to creating another fish. Fishing tournament organizers are now elated to have an even better Ahi creation than the original on top of the 300lb koa base. This Ahi has much finer detail and is more life-like than the original Ahi created in Florida three years ago. And this Ahi is also jumping out of water and even has two smaller Aku coming out of the water. Mike Sakamoto, fishing authority and local TV host of "Fishing Tales" says about the new trophy, "Stunning! Layne Luna really captured the moment with this mount, something to see".

The trophy will be unveiled for the first time at a tournament press briefing on March 11, 1030AM at the Hawaii Freedive Spearfishing Expo, Waikiki Elks Club, 2933 Kalakua Avenue. Fishing tournament organizers will at that time officially announce the Fourth Annual Ahi Fever in Waianae Fishing Tournament to be held on June 10&11, 2000. Tournament entry blanks will be available, but fishermen better not wait to long to enter. In 1999, the tournament was filled with 260 boat team entries seven weeks before the entry deadline. It is $5.00 to get into the Dive Expo and pupus will be served near the trophy exhibit (Ahi Poke of course).

The Ahi Fever In Waianae Fishing Tournament is the largest fishing tournament in the State of Hawaii. It has set state records for most participants and spectator attendance every year since it was begun. Over $22,000 of proceeds generated from the tournament has been donated to charitable organizations. A Ho’olaule’a By the Sea presented by Waianae Valley Homestead Association is also planned in conjunction with the tournament and will feature continuous entertainment, new truck and fishing boat displays, ethnic food booths, rides, craft fair, and displays.

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 808-696-399 or visit the tournament website at AHI-FEVER.com

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