Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources
HONOLULU — The Department of Land and Natural Resources invites the public to take part in Hawaii’s 22nd annual Hunting and Fishing Day, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 22-23, at the Koko Head shooting complex in East Oahu.
This annual event provides opportunities for people to help their neighbors while experiencing safety education and fun; participants will experience hands-on activities that highlight the shooting sports and recreational hunting and fishing.
Participants are encouraged to bring canned goods or make a donation to support the Hawaii Food Bank. For every can of food or $1 donated, an activity coupon is provided that is good for various firearms, archery or fish-casting activities. Each registered participant will also receive the Hunter Education Program’s popular “First Aid and Survival” bandana, and be eligible for door prizes.
“We salute the commitment of Hawaii’s sportsmen and women, and everyone else who recognizes the critical need for food donations in these challenging times,” said William Aila Jr. DLNR chairperson. “Their generosity shows they care about both our precious natural resources, and about hunger and its effect on families.”
“Hunters, shooters and archers pay for 80 percent of all the nation’s wildlife programs through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937,” said Orlando Oxiles, DLNR Hunter Education Program manager.
“This act imposes a 10.5- to 11-percent tax on firearms, ammunition, archery gear and accessories. Over $22 billion has been raised since the creation of the act,” Oxiles explained.
Children 8 and under (and adults) can participate in archery with lightweight compound bows. They can fly, spin and surf cast, courtesy of the Hawaii Freshwater Fishing Association and Kakaako Kasting Club.
Participants who complete every “hands-on” activity will receive a certificate of recognition.
Last year, the Hunting and Fishing Day raised more than 1,400 pounds of food contributions and $2,600 in monetary donations for the Hawaii Food Bank.
22nd Annual DLNR Hunting and Fishing Day
Koko Head shooting range is located off Kalanianaole Highway. From Hawaii Kai, going towards Waimanalo, take the first left driveway past Hanauma Bay to 8102 Kalanianaole Hwy. For more details about Hunting and Fishing Day, call the DLNR Hunter Education Program at 587-0200.