Hawai`i Island District Office, DLNR, Boating Division
Honokohau Small Boat Harbor
Hawai`i District Manager: Jerome Nickerson
74-380 Kealakehe Parkway, Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i 96740-2704
Ph: (808) 327-3690 Fax: (808) 327-3675
Email: [email protected]


Due to staffing issues, the Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation Honokohau Small Boat Harbor office will temporarily shift the types of transactions being handled at the harbor office.

Effective October 18, 2021, the following procedures will be implemented:

  • Harbor-related transactions (mooring permits, commercial use permits, etc.) will only be provided on Mondays and Fridays (modified from Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as of 1/5/2022, see below).
  • Vessel Registration and Titling transactions will only be provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Effective January 5, 2022, the Honokohau SBH office will be closed on Wednesdays.


Customers can still mail in any payments, gross receipt forms and permit renewal documents to our harbor address or use the locked, drop-box near the harbor office’s front doors.  All submissions will be processed daily.

The public access doors of the Hilo State Office Building have been secured due to the Governor’s Executive Order 21-07.  The office for the Wailoa Sampan Basin and Boat Harbor is open and is still in operation, however.   Call (808) 933-0414 to request entry into the building to visit the harbor office.  All persons wishing to enter the building must provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Any persons who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test issued within 72 hours of entering. Any persons who do not comply will be denied access.  Vaccine and testing requirements do not apply to persons making deliveries (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc.) and persons under 12 years old.


Facility Legend

Various application forms that apply to harbor and commercial operations (mooring permit, visiting vessel, wait list, commercial use permit, ORMA equipment registration, etc.) can be accessed on the DOBOR forms page.