Ocean Recreation Activities

Project Name: Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Water System Improvements, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Scope of Work: Installation of new HDPE water mains and service laterals including trenching and asphalt pavement repair.   Contractor: Pacific Isles Equipment Rental, Inc. Contract Cost: $1,474,778 Construction Start: March 7, 2022 Contract Completion: September 30, 2022 Closures:  Parking stalls in various ...
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Thank you for visiting this post.  It means you are interested in helping to keep our ocean waters clear of non-natural debris and hazards to navigation.  This procedure list is structured around one fundamental question…. can the object you have sighted offshore be towed to land by your vessel?  There are separate procedures for something ...
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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 ...
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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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(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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