Commercial Activities

SEALS, TURTLES AND OTHER MARINE LIFE NEED OUR HELP! Best fishing practices can prevent injuries.  Your phone call can save a life! Click on image to enlarge.    Best practices for Fishing around Protected Species: Prevent the Event – Always watch your gear If you see a seal while fishing, consider taking a short break ...
Read More Reporting Hooked or Entangled Marine Animals

You can play a part in documenting the presence of protected species in our waters.  WANTED: REPORTS OF FALSE KILLER WHALES (AKA PILOT, BLACKFISH, PYGMY AND MELON HEADED WHALES), OCEANIC WHITETIP SHARKS, PELAGIC MANTA RAYS! If you see these animals please report them on your commercial fishing report, call 808-294-4260.  Photos can be emailed to ...
Read More WANTED – No Questions Asked

  This is the story of one lucky honu (green sea turtle) who had a bad encounter with a vessel in waters off Kaua`i. Please click on this link and read on.  If you care about turtles, whales and other sea life, please go slow in the shallows, post a second lookout on your boat ...
Read More Lucky Kaua`i Honu

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Keehi Small Boat Harbor office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Thursday, October 1, 2020 until further notice.  Staff shortages have prompted the change.  The office will be in operation but closed to the public so DOBOR staff can keep up with necessary paperwork and administrative duties to maintain harbor ...
Read More KEEHI SBH OFFICE – NEW PUBLIC HOURS BEGINNING 10/1/20

As Hawai`i State rules stand, as of today, an efoil is 1) a vessel, and should be registered; 2) not a thrill craft; 3) subject to carriage requirements for a Class A vessel like a SUP (away from a surf break); 4) required to comply with ALL rules and regulations that apply to vessels, including ...
Read More What Is An Efoil?

This is to clarify questions regarding commercial boating as it pertains to the recent Oahu Mayor’s Emergency Order No. 2020-25, https://www.honolulu.gov/rep/site/may/may_docs/Emergency_Order_No._2020-25_-_signed_clean_typo_fix.pdf.  Only Essential Businesses as defined in Section F of the Order are permitted to operate.  Commercial marine operators that provide tours such as sunset cruises, snorkeling, surf schools, catamaran rides, scuba diving, etc. are ...
Read More Oahu Mayor’s Emergency Order No. 2020-25, Impact on Commercial Boating

MONDAY – FRIDAY PUBLIC ACCESS RESTORED.  DOBOR’s Hawaii District Office and the adjacent Honokohau Harbor Office will again be open to the public Mondays through Fridays (except State holidays) from 8am to 4pm beginning Monday, March 1, 2021. Customers can still mail in any payments, gross receipt forms and permit renewal documents to the harbor ...
Read More Hawaii District and Honokohau SBH – Days of Operation Changing

The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation is inviting the public to sign up for email and text notices of division plans and actions that may impact the public.  Those who visit the signup page can enter their e-mail address and/or phone numbers (for phones capable of accepting text messages). Data charges will apply.  ...
Read More DOBOR INVITES THE PUBLIC TO SIGN UP FOR EMAIL AND TEXT NOTICES

(Honolulu) – The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has closed the public loading dock at the Maunalua Bay boat ramp in east O‘ahu. Engineers are condemning the dock due to structural failure. They report the concrete pier structure could collapse into the water.