Nainoa Carvalho, 16, grates a pumpkin on a grader made by students of the Milolii Opelu Project. The grated pumpkin is mixed with avocado and kalo (taro) to make palu (bait) used in opelu fishing. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)


Students and families check out their catch on the beach after laying a net on the reef. Students in the Milolii Opeluu Project learned fishing skills from mentors, which have been passed down from generation to generation. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)


A lei tossed into the waters off Milolii during the opening ceremony Saturday morning of the Milolii Opelu Project and La Elima Celebration. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)


Milolii Opelu Project students guided by their mentor, Craig Carvalho, center, chase fish into the net. During this program, elders teach youth the ancient Hawaiian practice of opelu fishing by using traditional methods. (Brad Ballesteros/Special to West Hawaii Today)

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