Boat Harbors

Tuesday, Jan. 25 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) operations will impact activity for a short time at Nawiliwili Harbor on Kaua‘i. A contract response team will be conducting boom operations at the Dept. of Transportation Pier A from 8:00-10:00 a.m. The booming is for the USCG Sector Honolulu Geographic Response Strategy (GRS) in the event of ...
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HAZARD TO NAVIGATION IN OUR WATERS Attention boaters, a section of a dock approximately 8×8′ in size has been sighted in our waters.  It was last seen Sunday, 1/9/22, within three miles of land off the island of Oahu.  Coordinates: 21 28.276 N; 157 47.344 W.  It was described as being 1000 feet south of ...
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KAHANA BAY BOAT RAMP CLOSING FOR SITE IMPROVEMENTS  (Honolulu) – The Kahana Bay Boat Ramp will be closed starting January 3, 2022, for repairs and renovations. Site improvements will include asphalt and concrete pavement resurfacing of the parking lot, the installation of new bull rails, and rock revetment repairs. The entire boat ramp will be closed ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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(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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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 ...
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