DOBOR aims to preserve Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring public access to State waters and enhancing the ocean experience.


Covid-19 artist rendering

Covid-19 artist rendering


Visit DOBOR’s COVID-19 Question and Answer page for the latest updates on how boating in Hawaii is being affected.



to be held August 26, 2020 @ 9:00 a.m., DOBOR Administration Conference Room, 4 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819.  For information, call: (808) 832-3520.  Visit the auction page for a preview of vessels available or download the auction packet.


THRILL CRAFT ACCESS TO SHORELINE IN HILO BAY RESTRICTED: Effective 7/14/20, land access to the Waiakea Access Corridor along Hilo Bay (as described in HAR 13-256-141 [page 187] and depicted in HAR 13-256 Exhibit DDD [page 193]) to launch thrill craft has been blocked off.  Thrill craft operators should use the ramp at Wailoa Sampan Basin and Boat Harbor to access waters of Hilo Bay.  Thrill craft operators may still approach the shore with their vessels through the access corridor  to anchor temporarily, change passengers, change operators and resume operation.  Parking immediately inland of the Waiakea Access Corridor on State property is restricted.  


DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS: For holders of DOBOR harbor, storage or ocean recreation accounts, etc., pursuant to HAR 13-234-2, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation will be assessing interest and service charges on all delinquent accounts, effective August 1, 2020.  An account becomes delinquent four calendar days after associated fees & charges become due & payable and remain unpaid.  Interest will be charged at 1% per month on the unpaid balance.  Additionally, all delinquent accounts will incur a monthly delinquency service charge of 5% of the unpaid balance or $100.00, whichever is greater.  To resolve account issues please contact your respective harbor.


DLNR/DOBOR issues Notice of Auction for a Land Lease at Heeia Kea SBH, Oahu.  Visit this page for information on qualifying to bid. 

VESSEL INSURANCE NOW REQUIRED FOR VESSELS 26′ AND LONGER: As of March 1, 2020, all vessels 26′ and greater in length are required to have vessel insurance.  Click here to visit DOBOR’s web page on the insurance requirement for details.

TAKE THE SNORKEL SAFETY SURVEY.  Your input could save lives: A project of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association and the State of Hawaii Department of Health.

WARNING FOR BOATERS OPERATING IN WATERS OFF EWA, OAHU: There has been a recent increase in the number of vessels encroaching on a prohibited area seaward of Ewa Beach, Oahu that is identified in IAW 33 CFR 334.1370 and applicable nautical charts IVO Puuloa U/W range (adjacent to the rifle range).  THIS AREA IS RESTRICTED AT ALL TIMES. For your own safety, do not approach or enter prohibited zones marked on nautical charts.


DOBOR Strategic Plan 2019 – DOBOR’s five-year plan for revitalizing its harbor system


DOBOR Facilities by Island


Re-register my Boat via eHawaii – vessel transfers and new registrations must be done in person.


Kewalo Park Surfing Contest Schedule and permits issued for marine events


Severe weather and tsunami’s can hit Hawaii any time.  Are you prepared?

DOBOR’S Hurricane Harbor Closure Procedure:

DOBOR’S Tsunami Harbor Closure Procedure:

USCG SECTOR HONOLULU – Maritime Heavy Weather and Hurricane Plan



NOTICES …. to Commercial Operators

Commercial Use Permit for State Ocean Waters (01/23/15)