DOBOR aims to preserve Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring public access to State waters and enhancing the ocean experience.
Visit DOBOR’s COVID-19 Question and Answer page for the latest updates on how boating in Hawaii is being affected.
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MOST CURRENT NEWS
NEW AS OF 11/25/20 – CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU ANNOUNCES ANOTHER WAVE OF SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY COVID-19 INCLUDING COMMERCIAL RECREATIONAL BOATING. VIEW THE POST FOR DETAILS.
NEW AS OF 11/13/20 – DOBOR KAUAI WILL HOST VESSEL AUCTION. VISIT THE KAUAI DISTRICT AUCTION POST FOR DETAILS.
DLNR/DOBOR will host a public hearing on proposed amendments to Hawaii Administrative Rule Title 13, Subtitle 11, Section 13-256-73, Kaneohe Bay Ocean Waters in a Zoom virtual meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 10:00a.m. to 12:00p.m. All interested parties are invited to participate and present testimony on the proposed amendments, either verbally or in writing. Download the announcement for details on attending this hearing.
NEW AS OF 11/4/20 – DOBOR WILL CONDUCT A PUBLIC AUCTION OF IMPOUNDED VESSELS. VISIT THE AUCTION POST FOR DETAILS.
DOBOR DECLARES EFOILS VESSELS. See the post.
HAWAII DISTRICT AND HONOKOHAU SBH OFFICE – changing to Monday, Wednesday and Friday schedule. See the post.
KEEHI HARBOR OFFICE PUBLIC HOURS TO CHANGE 10/1/20. See the post.
CLARIFICATION OF OAHU MAYOR’S EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-25, IMPACTS COMMERCIAL BOATING. See the post.
PUBLIC RESTROOMS AT ALA WAI SBH WILL CLOSE DAILY AT 4PM. See the post.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Re-register my Boat via eHawaii – vessel transfers and new registrations must be done in person. If you are unable to register online, it may be because your vessel is 26′ in length or greater and you must show proof of insurance. Click here to visit DOBOR’s web page on the insurance requirement for details.
Severe weather and tsunami’s can hit Hawaii any time. Are you prepared?
DOBOR’S Hurricane Harbor Closure Procedure: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/contacts/Plan-HURRICANE.pdf
DOBOR’S Tsunami Harbor Closure Procedure: http://files.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dobor/contacts/Plan-TSUNAMI.pdf
USCG SECTOR HONOLULU – Maritime Heavy Weather and Hurricane Plan
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HURRICANES CAN BE FOUND AT: http://seagrant.soest.hawaii.edu/sites/default/files/publications/web-final_hurricaneboatersmanual_7-01-13.pdf
NOTICES …. to Commercial Operators
Commercial Use Permit for State Ocean Waters (01/23/15)