Ocean Recreation Activities

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, ...
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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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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 ...
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CONSTRUCTION SLATED TO BEGIN APRIL 5TH. DLNR and DOBOR have announced plans to begin construction of a new concrete ferry pier at the Lahaina Small Boat Harbor beginning this April.  The project will proceeded in stages to minimize impact on harbor users.  The ferry that operates between Lahaina SBH and Manele Small Boat Harbor on ...
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A NOTICE FOR OPERATORS OF SMALL BOATS <26′ Starting April 1st, 2021, operators of boats under 26′ long will be required to wear an engine cut-off switch link while riding on a plane or above displacement speed. Fines for non-compliance will start at $100. The Coast Guard will begin enforcing this law on 4/1/21 in ...
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IF YOU’RE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TURTLES, MAYBE YOU’VE SEEN SOME HAWKSBILLS! Click on an image to enlarge. Although rare to find, Hawaiian hawksbills (Eretmochelys imbricata) inhabit the same coastal waters with our more common green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas).  If you’re lucky enough to discover one, please send your sighting information to Hawaiian ...
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