I remember getting scoldings from kupuna when a picture of a Hawaiian using throw net was used in a depiction of ancient fishing styles. She told me that throw net fishing was introduced to the islands by Japanese, and that Hawaiians hanai-ed the method into modern fishing methods. She challenged me to find any ancient description of throw net fishing, and to date I have not been able to find such. Certainly someone here can provide the details on when the practice of throw net fishing was introduced into the islands. I did find this description (see this link)
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Fantastic, I just saw this.  I have a small eye net that is double for the reason that it needed to fold inward after it's tossed.  I treasure this net because I just lost my dad, and too, the neet was given to him my a Japanese fisherman.  My brother doesn't want it because it is illegal.  I'm going to put plastic hibiscus on it.  I want to keep it for the younger generationt o see, and document their thoughts upon examination. 

John Clark is a good friend of mind, I was so proud of him for publishing his passion while he was the deputy fire chief.

Mahalo e Kaohi!


 Hawaiians, who used to fish, In the morning waters with nets made of ‘olona, firebrand, and stone. These ancient Hawaiian relics are the size of one’s hand and shaped like coffee beans. Hawaiian fishermen also used to chew bits of the kukui nut and spread them over the sea to make the water clear and glassy.  This enabled them to see what was going on beneath the surface. Hawaiians’ ingenious fishing methods were not limited to nets, baits, and nuts, but even included the use of medicinal plants that temporarily poisoned fish and made them float to the surface. Imagine, such a simple method of harvesting fish that was safe for eating.. Awesome Ancestors.. My Tutuman Hamana Kalili of Laie, helped bring back the Hukilau to Laie waters.. Which because super popular and so began "The Polynesian Cultural Center." 


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