"Daklis," "Dragnet," or "Hukilao" is a community experience
The word "DAKLIS" in the local vernacular means dragnet. It is synonymous to the Hawaiian HUKILAO although DAKLIS is much bigger in cubic feet than the hukilao of song. As shown in the photo at left, the DAKLIS is made out of nylon netting with lead or stone weights in the bottom and cork floats on the top. When set up in the water in an arc configuration, the dragnet resembles a giant curtain standing in the water with the weighted side down and the floated side up. The idea is to encircle a school of fish with the dragnet. With the help of members of the community, the tow ropes at each end of the "net curtain" is pulled ashore, slowly funneling the school of fish into the deep net pocket at the center of the dragnet.
For a DAKLIS first hand experience, please let the BFI's management know of your intentions so that we can accommodate your needs. We will be glad to schedule you as a crew member of the DAKLIS boat and the netting pull crew.
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