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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 ...
Read More Federal Lanyard Law Goes In Effect April 1, 2021

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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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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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 ...
Read More HILO BAY THRILL CRAFT ACCESS MODIFIED and depicted in HAR 13-256 Exhibit DDD ...
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 ...
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?

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

VESSEL AUCTION

Posted on Jul 24, 2020 in Announcements, Main, slider

DOBOR to auction impounded vessels.  BIDS CLOSE November 19, 2020. Due to safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, this public auction shall be conducted by sealed bids only. All interested bidders shall deliver their bid in-person or via mail to: DOBOR Oahu District, 4 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819. All in-person bids ...
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