4 weeks in Hawaii 2016

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Ken
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4 weeks in Hawaii 2016

Post by Ken » Mon Feb 22, 2016 6:24 pm

First off, I would like to thank kona-ulua-style for his aloha! Thank you for inviting us to fish at South Point and getting all the gear and camp ready for an unforgettable overnight session. Thank you for the gift of fresh locally produced coffee and macadamia nut products. I hope one day I can return the favour (visit Canada and I'll take you fishing around Toronto :wink: ), and I hope it won't be too long before we will fish together again.

Having said that...Grab a pot of coffee...or save it for the weekend...

If you fancy the full, yet brief, daily blog posts, you can find it here starting on Day 1:

http://muskiebaitadventures.blogspot.ca ... day-1.html

** I'm not going to post all the links here...all 28 days of links. I hope you are capable enough to navigate the blog on you own.

It has been over 6 years since I visited my Grandma and my uncles in Oahu, Hawaii. When an opportunity occurred that would take me there, it was difficult to refuse. I chose to kept the blog posts focused on fishing and scenery, so there is little mention of family and other events that also occurred.

Hawaii was the place where my species hunting began. When I was 16, I returned to Hong Kong to obtain my adult citizenship card. On the way back to Canada, I made a stopover in Hawaii. During the 1.5 weeks in Hawaii, I fished with my telescopic rod to catch a few reef fishes. That first experience opened my eyes to traveling and fishing. Since then, I had made two trips, in 2007 and 2009, back to Hawaii and caught 32 new species.

In the past, my fishing was limited by the lack of transportation. I was too young to rent a car. Fishing was dependent on the availability of my family and friends when and where they could take me. Today, I am afforded more freedom as long as I can afford a rental car. Luckily, I made all the bookings early enough before the rental price skyrocketed.

Based on the advice of Steve, Elijah and George, I decided to add a week on the Big Island just for fishing. However, Maui was an island that I had wanted to visit and hiking in Haleakala was a big bucket list item. A few day in Maui was added. Before I knew it, my 4 weeks long Hawaii itinerary took shape.

I would like to thank my family for hosting me for so long, especially my Grandma. I would like to thank my friends Ji, Jason, Stan and Todd for making their best effort fish with me. I would like to thank my new friends Wade, Jamie, Jeffery and Peterson and hope we will have opportunities to meet again in the future.

Food

Keneke’s plate lunch

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Shrimp plate from North Shore

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Pancakes smothered in macadamia nut ice cream

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HI-BBQ smoked beef brisket

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McDonald’s taro pie!!!

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Nenue sashimi

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Menpachi and Moana ready for the pan

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Poke – shoyu marlin and limu ahi

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Rainbow’s Dine-In plate lunch

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Some scenery

Ka’ena Point

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Akaka Falls

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Waipio Valley

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Pololu Valley

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Haleakala – 12 mile hike

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Day 1

Masked Triggerfish (Sufflamen fraenatum) - Species #486

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Manybar Goatfish (Parupeneus multifasciatus) - Species #487

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Boomerang Triggerfish (Sufflamen bursa) - Species #488

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Wedge-tail Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus rectangulus) - Species #489

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Blacktail Wrasse (Thalassoma ballieui) - Species #490

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Stocky Hawkfish (Cirrhitus pinnulatus) - Species #491

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Hawaiian Hogfish (Bodianus albotaeniatus) - Species #492

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Blackside Hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri) - Species #493

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Arc-eye Hawkfish (Paracirrhites arcatus) - Species #494

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Day 2

Cocos Frill-goby (Bathygobius cocosensis) - Species #495

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Rockskipper (Entomacrodus marmoratus) - Species #496

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Thalassoma purpureum (Surge Wrasse) - Species #497

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Day 3

Fantail Filefish (Pervagor spilosoma) - Species #498

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Day 4

Millet Butterflyfish (Chaetodon miliaris) - Species #499

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Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga) - Species #500
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Bird Wrasse (Gomphosus varius) - Species #501

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Hawaiian Dascyllus (Dascyllus albisella) - Species #502

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Day 5

Keeled Needlefish (Platybelone argalus platyura) - Species #503

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Speckled Squirrelfish (Sargocentron punctatissimum) - Species #504

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Iridescent Cardinalfish (Pristiapogon kallopterus) - Species #505

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Shortfin Molly (Poecilia mexicana) - Species #506

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Day 6

Whitespotted Boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) - Species #507

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Spot-fin Porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix) - Species #508

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Day 7

Common Parrotfish (Scarus psittacus) - Species #509

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White-banded Triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus) - Species #510

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Day 8

Yellowfin Surgeonfish (Acanthurus xanthopterus) - Species #511

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Day 9

Bluespine Unicornfish (Naso unicornis) - Species #512

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Brick Soldierfish (Myripristis amaena) - Species #513

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Bandfin Cardinalfish (Pristiapogon taeniopterus) - Species #514

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Day 10

Sixfinger Threadfin (Polydactylus sexfilis) - Species #515

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Day 11

Daisy Parrotfish (Chlorurus sordidus) - Species #516

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Convict Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus) - Species #517

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Ringtail Surgeonfish (Acanthurus blochii) - Species #518

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Eyestripe Surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri) - Species #519

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Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma velifer) - Species #520

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Indo-Pacific Sergeant (Abudefduf vaigiensis) - Species #521

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Undulated Moray (Gymnothorax undulatus) - Species #522

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Day 12

Yellowstripe Goatfish (Mulloidichthys flavolineatus) - Species #523

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Day 13

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloidichthys vanicolensis) - Species #524

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Hawaiian Chub (Kyphosus hawaiiensis) - Species #525 (Potentially)

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Moorish Idol (Zanclus cornutus) - Species #526

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Spider-eye Puffer (Canthigaster amboinensis) - Species #527

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Day 14

Brown Surgeonfish (Acanthurus nigrofuscus) - Species #528

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Black Triggerfish (Melichthys niger) - Species #529

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Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) - Species #530

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Brighteye Damselfish (Plectroglyphidodon imparipennis) - Species #531

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Whitespotted Frillgoby (Bathygobius coalitus) - Species #532

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Day 15

Whitespotted Filefish (Cantherhines dumerilii) - Species #533

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Forceps Butterflyfish (Forcipiger flavissimus) - Species #534

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Flathead Grey Mullet (Mugil cephalus) - Species #535

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Racoon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunula) - Species #536

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Day 16

Shy Soldierfish (Plectrypops lima) - Species #537

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Shoulderbar Soldierfish (Myripristis kuntee) - Species #538

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Day 17

Pinktail Triggerfish (Melichthys vidua) - Species #539

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Ornamented Wrasse (Halichoeres ornatissimus) - Species #540

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Tropical Half-beak (Hemirhamphus depauperatus) - Species #541

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Paintspotted Moray (Gymnothorax pictus) - Species #542

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Day 18

Brassy Chub (Kyphosus vaigiensis) - #543

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Blotcheye Soldierfish (Myripristis berndti) - Species #544

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Crown Squirrelfish (Sargocentron diadema) - Species #545

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Day 20

Turkey Moray (Gymnothorax meleagris) - Species #546

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Day 24

African Coris (Coris gaimard) - Species #547

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Day 26

Gracile Lizardfish (Saurida gracilis) - Species #548

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Day 27

Spotfin Burrfish (Chilomycterus reticulatus) - Species #549

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Some pics of species I've caught previously that I also caught on this trip…

Giant Trevally (Caranx ignobilis)

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Hawaiian Gregory (Stegastes marginatus)

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Christmas Wrasse (Thalassoma trilobatum)

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Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus)

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Blackspot Sergeant (Abudefduf sordidus)

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Kuhlia sandwicensis

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Kuhlia xenura

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Redbarred Hawkfish (Cirrhitops fasciatus)

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Blacktail Snapper (Lutjanus fulvus)

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Bluespotted Cornetfish (Fistularia commersonii)

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Re: 4 weeks in Hawaii 2016

Post by Brian F. » Sun Feb 28, 2016 7:57 am

Amazing catch, Ken. Glad you had a good time.
Aloha,
Brian F.

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Re: 4 weeks in Hawaii 2016

Post by Ken » Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:09 pm

Thanks Brian. It was a great trip indeed! :D

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Re: 4 weeks in Hawaii 2016

Post by CasTnBlasT » Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:54 pm

Your photos are amazing and now i want a plate lunch!
I like the desert because it's clean...

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