Everyone Is Invited to
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Five Days of Spectacular Tournament Fishing Follow
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament invites everyone to attend its Opening Ceremony at the Kailua Pier Sunday, August 9th starting at 5pm. This official recognition of teams from around the world marks the start of the 56th annual Tournament. Nine participating countries will be acknowledged as each national anthem is played and flag raised. Families and community members are invited to attend as the Kailua Pier comes to life with music and celebration.
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament festivities at the Opening Ceremony unfold with a Sunday afternoon of fun for the whole family. Leading up to the Opening Ceremony, Kaahumanu Place, fronting the Kailua Pier, will close to vehicles Saturday and become a family-friendly event with food booths and food truck, craft vendors and free musical entertainment.
At 5 pm, everyone is encouraged to take a seat on the bleachers provided as Tournament anglers parade onto Kailua Pier. The Hawaii County Band will welcome each country as teams from Australia, China, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Vanuatu and the United States including Hawaii parade onto the pier and are officially welcomed to the 56th Annual Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament. Dignitaries will be on hand and acknowledged for their commitment to this iconic tournament and speeches will be presented during this momentous occasion. Kona Daifukuji Taiko drummers will bring the ceremony to a close with a memorable performance.
The event is free and open to the public. Bleacher seats are first come, so don't delay.
Monday, August 10th will see the first of five days of anglers boarding the fleet at Kailua Pier for a 7:30 am START FISHING! The scoreboard action will be updated throughout the day and excitement mounts at 4:30 every afternoon as HIBT teams weigh in and put valuable points on the scoreboard.