Sign-up approaches for keiki tilapia fishing tournament

Jan 24, 2018 @ 7:00 am. - Jan 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm.

Maui Electric Co. and Ka’anapali Golf Courses invite keiki to cast their lines at the ninth annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 24 at the Ka’anapali Golf Course Pond as a benefit for the Maui United Way. This “tag and release” event is open to youths ages 2 to 18 with a registration fee of $20 per participant and includes an event T-shirt.

Online registration opens at 7 a.m. Jan. 24 at All registrations will be done online this year. Registration will remain open until noon Jan. 29 or until the 600-participant cap is met, whichever comes first. For registration assistance, contact Maui United Way at 244-8787.

“Maui United Way is so excited and grateful to be the beneficiaries of the annual Keiki Tilapia Tournament put together by Maui Electric and Ka’anapali Golf Course,” said Kari Luna Nunokawa, president and CPO of Maui United Way. “The money raised from this fun, family-centered community event goes to support and help those in our Maui community who need it most.”

“Our Maui Electric ohana looks forward to hosting this event as it supports Maui United Way and all the wonderful work they do for our community,” said Sharon Suzuki, president of MECO. “We’re honored to be able to organize this beloved outing for hundreds of Maui families year after year.”

During the tournament, keiki will be vying for the “Biggest Tilapia” of the day in their age category. Last year, more than 100 Maui Electric employees and their families helped to organize and volunteer at this event that raised close to $20,000 for Maui United Way, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support Maui’s most vital needs through the work of 34 health and human service programs.