I’ve been to Hawaii a few times, but my most recent trip this past Spring was by far the most memorable! I went with a group of friends, and one of them actually has relatives living in Honolulu, so we were fortunate enough to be able to stay with them. And staying with locals while you’re in Hawaii makes for a completely different experience! It’s not as touristy, and you really get a sense of what people do there on a daily basis–what they eat, where they go on weekends, etc etc.
When my friend told me that his family goes crab fishing every now and then, I got super excited and asked if they would be down to go while we were there. So the morning after we arrived in Honolulu, we went on a crab fishing day trip! We left at around 6 in the morning and met them at the lake? Pond? Small body of water, haha. His relatives brought their own small row boat to use to navigate through the lake. The pond (that’s what I’m going to call it in this post) and the surroundings were so pretty! It was a quiet day, and we were the only ones there. That apparently doesn’t happen very often so I guess we got lucky.
The first step was to make a trip around the pond and drop the crab nets in. I think we dropped at least 12 nets. After that first round, we went back to check the nets for crabs. Navigating a row boat was much harder than I expected. I had a sad first attempt and let my friend do the rowing after. Most of the nets were empty, but we found crabs in 3 of them! We had a bucket on the boat to dump the crabs in. The sad part was that some of the smaller crabs got totally destroyed by the larger crabs. Violent creatures they are. So we’d make a round, take a break, and make another round, checking the nets to see if any crabs had been trapped. We caught quite a few that day.
The big crabs were pretty big….it was kind of scary holding them! But my friend’s uncle tied them up pretty well. I forget how many crabs we caught in total that day. We put some of the smaller ones back so they could grow, but there were quite a few big ones! I felt bad that we cooked all of them for dinner, but they were so good! A complete experience, from start to finish.
I’m pretty sure we had enough so that each person got their own crab, haha. If you guys go to Hawaii and have friends there, I highly recommend asking them about crab fishing! I’m not sure if they have rowboats or gear that you can easily rent, but it’s definitely worth a try. Although I would also highly recommend going with someone who knows what they’re doing. Tying up crabs properly is a skill that I can only dream of mastering someday. And it’s probably the scariest part of the whole experience, so just make sure you know what you’re doing 🙂
Hope you guys enjoyed this post! Have a great rest of the week.