Island of Hawaii man charged with harvesting practically 350 undersized opihi.s

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – State officials released a quote to a Hawaiian Island man Friday after he was found with hundreds of undersized opihi.

Officials from DLNR’s state-run Conservation and Resource Enforcement Division said they saw Kyle Kaloi harvest opihi at Onekahakaha Beach Park around 11:20 a.m.

When the 27-year-old left the coast, DOCARE officials stopped him and inspected his harvest.

Upon further investigation, officials said they found that of the approximately 700 opihi he selected, 345 of them were too small.

The offense is punishable by a fine of $ 100 to $ 500.

The officers later brought the Opihi back into the sea after inventorying and measuring the shellfish.

Officials ask anyone who sees possible illegal activity or resource violation to report it immediately by calling the 24-hour DOCARE hotline at 643-DLNR.

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