What a story! During my professional delivery days I learned neither Catalinas or Hunters are blue water boats. That was well before the internet. Today you can get on line and come to the same conclusion. Why these people in the Catalina attempted to go to Hawaii without doing some research is a topic onto itself.
They ought to have a sign in the cockpit of Hunters and Catalinas that say "no more than 25 miles offshore."
Let the flaming begin.