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PUBLIC AUCTION OF VESSEL “HOOKUPU” Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (ORAL BIDS ONLY) The auction of the vessel shall take place at the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DOCARE) baseyard located at 35 Holomua Street, Hilo, Hawai‘i, 96720.   If a prospective bidder wishes to inspect ...
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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 ...
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  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 ...
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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 ...
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Read More HILO BAY THRILL CRAFT ACCESS MODIFIED ) to launch thrill craft has been blocked off.  Thrill craft operators should use the ramp at Wailoa Sampan ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Beginning Friday, August 28, the public restrooms on the grounds of Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Oahu, will close daily after 4:00pm, including weekends and holidays.  This change is being made in response to continued vandalism and illicit activity in the facilities. 

DAYS OF OPERATION ARE BEING MODIFIED.  The Hawaii District Office and the adjacent Honokohau Harbor Office will be closed to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Monday, October 19, 2020. Both offices will be open regular hours from 8am to 4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.  This is a change from the schedule ...
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