Punana Leo O Waimea hosts its 5th annual pig hunting tournament on April 13. Funds raised from the tournament go towards expanding the school space and making room for more students.
Maluhia O’Donnell, one of the coordinators of the event, said Friday, April 5, is the last day for early registration at the $25 per person fee.
“This annual event is more than just raising money,” O’Donnell said. “It also allows us to promote the Hawaiian culture with pig hunting.”
The hunting hours are from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and hunters apply in four-person teams. It is up to the hunters to decide where they go hunting. There are three categories in the tournament; the longest tusk, the weigh in for the whole weight of a pig, and the heaviest boar.
“This is a different type of fundraiser for sure,” said Pomai Nakoa, another event coordinator. “It’s hard to find something to do that is Hawaiian, and hunting is something that is part of our Hawaiian culture.”
It is the 30th anniversary for the Hawaiian immersion school program at Punana Leo schools, and O’Donnell said fundraising helps keep the school in operation.
“It’s up to our ‘Ohana to keep the program going,” said O’Donnell. “In the past, we have used the funds for building a playground and a pavilion.”
Nakoa added that some of the prizes to be given out include cash, a Garmin dog tracker and a compilation of smaller items such as headlamps.
Hunters both male and female, are encouraged to register for the tournament by calling Punana Leo o Waimea at 885-7166.