Posted by fishergirl on November 9, 2011

I got a call a few weeks ago from my fishing partner that fisherboy and myself had made it into the latest issue of Lawai’a magazine (issue #7) and that I should check it out.  I figured we made it on to one of the gallery pages where they post the photos that we all send in proudly displaying our hard sought after catches.  The minnows and I have been lucky enough to make it in before so it must be that, right?  Anyways, mr fishergirl was headed into town for some project supplies before one of the kids soccer games and I asked him to swing by Lihue Fishing Supply and pick up one or two copies for me.  We met up at the soccer field and as the kids were warming up I started to thumb through the mag.  I have said it before and I will again, I have always been impressed with the quality of this magazine.  They manage to put out this very well done publication on my favorite pass time, hobby, okay… addiction and it is only $1.00, that’s it, a dollar!  I don’t know how they do it…

First off I was touched to see the cover paying tribute to Hari Kojima and the article was not only about him but included some great reflections from friends and colleagues.  Then it was on to the gallery pages where I recognized a few faces and where I assumed the a fore mentioned photos would be… nope, not there…  Next I found a “fish story” by fellow blogger Spyda!  I felt a twinge of pride in knowing and actually having the pleasure of fishing with him.  I was really excited for him making it into the mag and was planning on giving him a quick text when I turned the page…  What? Really?!?  Wow!!!

This is what I saw…

I couldn’t believe it!  Brian F had contacted me several months ago about possibly running one of my blog posts. Honestly I had kind of forgotten about it, but here it was in full color sitting on my lap in the middle of little ol’ Kalawai park waiting for my little minnow’s soccer game!  What made it even better is my mother was sitting right next to me and looks over and was equally surprised to see the photos she took all those years ago of her little fishergirl on the pages before her.  One of those cool full circle kind of things… Then mr fishergirl points to the full page photo and says “you know you still stand like that when you are checking out your spots”.  I didn’t know that, but now I do!

A few moments later my phone rings and it is none other than KPC from the big island.  I had been pretty quite on the blogging/posting front and he wanted to see if I had broken my custom pole he had slaved over and was happy to hear it was just a football/soccer related dry spell which was reinforced by my stopping mid sentence to cheer on my little minnow who had just made a great save at goal.  I mentioned to him about the new issue and he asked about his Van Staal review, sure enough it was in there too!  Later that day I got my socks knocked off again when I went back and read the “Editor’s Board” page…

I had such a melting pot of emotions over this one magazine issue, but above all feeling honored to be a part of it and to be amongst such great company!

Thanks Lawai’a!


4 Responses to Lawai’a!

  1. CasTnBlasT

    Awesome story!

  2. keale

    I’m proud of you!! Nice work!!

  3. Nancy Stack

    WoW Renee what a beautiful experience!! Love the photos and your joy in fishing from the abundance of our Abba’s extravagant seas. You are a wild woman! Love & miss you tons blessings, nancy

  4. Dixie Adkins

    I remember that little girl with the big fishing pole. I love the pics you put on facebook and the fish you catch looks delicious.