Not much is known about Ka‘a‘awa Pond, nestled in the heart of Kualoa Ranch. That’s because it’s rarely ever open to the public, its bountiful waters kept secret even to most locals. But at Discover Kualoa, the elusive pond will be open to exploration and fishing on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Ahupua‘a Ka‘a‘awa.
Families and friends are invited to participate in a catch-and-release fishing tournament for keiki at Ka‘a‘awa Pond, with the chance of winning some great prizes. There will be several categories, including Biggest Fish. There will be a $5 participation fee. The tournament will be held all day, with a new round restarting every hour. Fishing gear will be provided by Kualoa Ranch. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close to the spectacular beauty of Ka‘a‘awa Pond and the surrounding lush valley.
Presale admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online athttp://www.kualoa.com/discover-kualoa/ and includes access to event grounds, Makahiki-style games, crafts, entertainment and an exploration walk. At-the-door prices are $7+tax for adults, $5+tax for children. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive “Discover Kualoa Experience Pass,” which grants attendees various event-only tours, such as the special Discover Ka‘a‘awa Hike, Paniolo Cattle Ranch Tour, and movie sites tour. Admission to individual tours may also be purchased at the door.
This three month-long Makahiki festival kicked off in January. February’s event will celebrate the cultural legacy of Ka‘a‘awa and March will remember the story of Kualoa through Hawaiian song and dance. The individual events are held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua’a Hakipu’u, February in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March in Ahupua’a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa, sponsored by Hawaii Gas and First Hawaiian Bank, is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawai‘i’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the state — including Kaka‘ako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui — hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.