Announcements

EXCERPT FROM Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 202 / Friday, October 22, 2021 / Rules and Regulations SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is amending fire extinguishing equipment regulations for recreational vessels that are propelled or controlled by propulsion machinery. This rule relieves owners of these recreational vessels from certain inspection, maintenance, and recordkeeping requirements that ...
Read More FEDERAL LAW ON FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR REC. BOATS AMENDED

All parties interested in becoming certified to tow-in surf using a thrill craft (aka personal watercraft, jetski) are required to first 1) complete a NASBLA and State of Hawaii approved basic boating safety course, and 2) complete the Recreational Thrill Craft Operator Safety Education Course offered by Windward Community College. Information on the basic boating ...
Read More SCHEDULED TOW-IN SURFING CERTIFICATION

Infrastructure improvement construction begins Monday, 10/18/21.  Scope of Work: Demolition work, grading/grubbing), resurfacing of existing asphalt access road, new asphalt pavement at existing gravel parking lot, drainage improvements, new outdoor shower, new solar powered street lights, and utility improvements.  Contractor: Site Engineering, Inc. Contract Cost: $1,255,572 Construction Start: October 18, 2021 Contract Completion: January 28, ...
Read More North Kawaihae Improvement Project

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, Wednesdays, and ...
Read More Honokohau Admin Change

Message for Hawaii boaters from NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands Regional Office: NOAA Fisheries is announcing two rules to enhance the protection of Hawaiian spinner dolphins: A final rule that prohibits swimming with and approaching spinner dolphins within 50 yards or remaining within 50 yards of a Hawaiian spinner dolphin, including approach by interception. The prohibition ...
Read More New Rules To Protect Spinner Dolphins

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 ...
Read More ACCESS TO WAILOA HARBOR OFFICE

(Honolulu) – The He’eia Kea Small Boat Harbor will be undergoing the installation of a new absorption bed system for a future wastewater treatment plant effluent disposal system beginning on September 7th.   Work during this project includes saw cutting and removal of asphalt pavement, installation of absorption bed chambers, miscellaneous sewer piping and fittings, ...
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Operation Kaneohe Bay Response

Posted on Aug 25, 2021 in Announcements

The U.S. Navy, and State Departments of Land and Natural Resources and Health have been meeting to discuss and prepare for an operation to provide for the safe detonation and removal of two sub-surface unexploded ordnance (UXO) of military origin located in Kaneohe Bay ocean waters. This operation entitled by the U.S. Navy as “Operation ...
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BE AWARE OF YOUR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS Owners and operators of commercial vessels are required to relay information about a reportable marine casualty and accident to the US Coast Guard within 24 hours.  Following a serious marine accident, drug testing may be required within 32 hours and alcohol testing may be required within two hours. The ...
Read More COMMERCIAL BOATING ACCIDENT REPORT REQUIREMENTS

Participants can register at: https://ce.uhcc.hawaii.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=43809   There is a prerequisite for signing up for this class.  All participants must take a basic boating safety course approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the State of Hawaii.  Find out more about basic boating safety courses at:   https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dobor/mandatory-boating-safety-education-qa/   Holders of Merchant ...
Read More Scheduled Thrill Craft Certification Classes

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