Hundreds of people attend ‘Ridge to Reef Rendezvous’ in West Maui

An estimated 225 people attended the “Ridge to Reef Rendezvous” at Kahekili Beach Park in north Kaanapali on Oct. 28. The annual community celebration of ridge-to-reef environmental stewardship in West Maui is now in its eighth year.

The event, themed “Ocean Optimism,” featured interactive outreach booths hosted by conservation partners working in West Maui, a catch-and-release keiki and ohana fishing tournament, a haunted reef tour, and an educational “scavenger hunt” with more than $4,500 in donated prizes via random drawing for those who participated.

The winners of the Keiki and ‘Ohana Catch & Release Fishing Tournament were:

• Papio category: first place — Jazzylyn Baraoidan, second place — C-Jay Baraoidan, third place — Noa Kaaa.

• Other category: first place — Daven Baraoidan, second place — Lily Buden, third place — Rahn Patry.

• Smallest Fish category: first place, Kamaehu Noa.

The event was coordinated by partners within the West Maui Ridge to Reef Initiative, West Maui Kumuwai Campaign, Project S.E.A.-Link and Ka’anapali Makai Watch. Event sponsors included the County of Maui Office of Economic Development, Honua Kai West Maui Community Fund, the Ka’aanapali North Beach Masters Association and the Atherton Family Foundation.

Lunch was donated by CJ’s Deli & Diner Comfort Zone Restaurant, Maui Grill Kaanapali and the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas. Capt. Billy Bones shared his musical talents with eventgoers.

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