My name is Daniel Lopaka Kalahele, I was born and raised in Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. I fell in love with the ocean at a very young age which may not seem surprising living on an island but it is far less common these days than one may think. I began fishing and Diving and surfing as a young boy which further grew my love and respect for the land and sea. The idea of being able to see where your food came from and what you're eating and appreciate that life was a very appealing idea to me from early on. As a young boy, my father taught me how to set up my equipment and tie my knots and the names of the fish and what to look for in the conditions to find certain ones. It started off as a bamboo pole then progressed to the rod and reel and I remember distinctly being able to set up my gear for the first time on my own walk out to the rocks with a few pieces of shrimp and bring home a fish to show him. This idea of self gratitude and self-sufficiency was definitely the key and an essential Factor in creating an everlasting love of fishing for me. After high school I travel to California for college and was offered a job on a charter boat after being a customer for just one day LOL. The captain immediately could see my capabilities on Deck as well as communication skills and positivity as my side of the boat was not only catching much more fish but having much more fun in the process. He was also impressed by my desire ro work with customers and the willingness to help people out regardless of their fishing aptitude. That opportunity to work on such a big vessel and being on a boat really for the first time that often and for that duration was a totally new fishing experience that really broaden my horizons and tool bag as well as showed me an entirely different aspect of the fishing world which was being out on boat out at sea learning an entirely new style and having access to a multitude of new species, and I was all over again! after a few
years it was time to return home to Hawaii. Once coming home I immediately knew I needed to find a way to get back out on the water because I was becoming land crazy. After asking around and doing some digging on the internet I found myself an opportunity to jump on a boat, but once again it was totally different style of fishing than what I had just come from learning which was interesting because I was back at home and still learning something completely new yet again. That began my journey on charter boats here in Hawaii learning the Waters of the islands how to look for pelagics in the open ocean was a totally different animal than just marking fish on a screen and throwing some bait on them . So there I was learning trolling basically from the bottom up which really allowed me to diversify my knowledge from multiple sources and not be so close-minded as to adapt just the singular style of fishing and I feel like that has really allow me to become proficient at multiple Styles anywhere ranging from pan fish in freshwater lakes all the way up to thousand pound Marlin in the open ocean and I really believe that that's what a fisherman today is all about, just the ability to adapt and being able to enjoy the situation no matter the conditions or locations especially coming from here in Hawaii where conditions are always changing everyday and the ability to adapt is the ability to survive and continue to be successful and sustainable and to me that's the key to the Future especially for our industry is to show people that there is the right way to do things and there are the right people to teach them how to do these things the correct way so there will be these resources for our future Generations because that's the most important thing is for the Next Generation to be able to share the same benefits and resources that we are now. And that was the main thing I tried to stress the people while I had them on the charter boat was that it's our job to promote the correct knowledge and the correct practices. Now being able to run my own vessel is very rewarding in that I can practice all these things that I would like to in the correct ways and learn along the way from people that I me and that really is a blessing and I appreciate every step of the way so thank you you guys for having me I'm bored it really is a blessing and I appreciate the opportunity to share just a little piece of Island life!