A pair of locals gets in an evening fish from the shore at Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore as small surf rolls in.
Hawaii’s near shore waters teem with a wide variety of reef fish and occasionally larger predator fish that make a fine meal. Fishing has been a strong tradition in Hawaii for hundreds of years, since the first Polynesian settlers arrived from Marquesas and Tahiti.
There is a strong connection to this day between islanders and the ocean. Open access to the ocean is actively protected and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. To that end, all beaches and shorelines in Hawaii are public up to the high tide line and access to them is required. Additionally, no license is needed for non-commercial fishing. This makes pleasant afternoon fishing a possibility for anyone on the island.