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Missing: a Thousand Words

I go swimming every day, nearly, and typically nearby. The closest beach to our home in Palolo is in Kahala, where houses and their prices don’t know when to stop growing. Last week I saw something amazing, although I can’t prove it: the picture worth a thousand words is missing.

As I was getting out of the water, a young fisherman beached his one-man kayak. Long and sleek, it featured a hollow interior where you could put a fish if you caught one. (I never do; for me it would hold snacks.) The fisherman reached inside and pulled out a 30-lb ono … then a 50-lb ono … then a 20-lb ahi. I was flabbergasted. In all my years here, I have never seen such a thing.

It was around noon, and the man had been fishing since early morning, miles off the coast. He was taking the fish to auction, where I suspect he swapped them for $500 or so.

“Is this a typical catch for you?” I asked.

“Pretty much,” he replied.

“How often do you go?”

“Whenever my wife lets me.”

“Say, don’t you catch ono and ahi by trolling?” I persisted. “How the heck do you do that?”

“Paddle as fast as you can.”

I only wish I had a picture. …