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09-16-2012 10:36 PM
Re: Liveaboard: Big Island, Hawaii

Sounds like things have changed since '07 when this thread started:-))
09-16-2012 03:14 AM
Re: Liveaboard: Big Island, Hawaii

Keehi is NOT nice. There is a group of people that actually sail their boats there but it's mostly iceheads drugging it in the parking lot. Not safe or comfortable
03-30-2012 10:08 PM
Re: Liveaboard: Big Island, Hawaii

Originally Posted by c2cSailor View Post
Hi, I visited a friend on Oahu in January. There are two liveaboard marinas that I know of, there may be more. One is Ale Wei Marina in downtown Waikiki (nicer and safer of the two). The other (Keehi Marine Center) is run by the state and if you have a nice boat, every last thing will get stolen from it. I didn't see a boat any younger than 30yrs and they all looked like salvage or boat auction.
Hawaii the rip off state when it comes to Liveaboard marinas. People steal
too like the man says. Isn't that some ****.
Why do people have to steal. If they would chop their hands off they would stop that stuff.
12-04-2007 10:24 PM
jrd22 c2csailor- I think you may have the two marinas mixed up. Ala Wai is state run and is in terrible condition(by Waikiki). We just left Keehi Marina (near airport and in industrial area) and the security there is great(electronic keypad gates, 24 hr security) and there is a large group of nice liveaboards that look out for one another. Keehi marina is run by the Keehi boat yard; we had them unstep the mast and haul the boat in preparation for shipping and they did a very professional job, although not cheap. Ala Wai boatyard on the other hand did a really lousy job pressure washing the hull when we had the survey, and be very careful if you use a credit card there... The big drawback to Keehi is that it is at the end of the runway for Honolulu Intl. airport, those 747's make enough noise on take off to rattle your teeth, they say you get used to it but they didn't say how long it takes:-)). Just out in the channel by Keehi is a large moorage area, not sure who runs it but there are lot's of liveaboards there. Ko'olina is reportedly very nice, not sure of the liveaboard reg's though. By the way, if you are at Keehi, walk out the parking lot gate and down the steet about 150' to the La Mariana Sailing Club restaurant, it's a great place with excellent food and a real old Hawaii feel to it.

11-30-2007 03:58 PM

I Grew up on the big Island and am living there currently. I'm having the same problems,
1) There are no places you can live aboard, not only that if you even just want to sail over and keep your boat here - there is no spots open.
2) Living off of an area like spenser (which I have to add is a great idea, that would be a sweet spot) Is not something you can do. That is the shark gods worship area. And I might add that the shark was King Kamahmeahas amukua (which is kinda like a native american sprit animal) so Its extra important to the hawaiian people. Oh and king kamahmeaha is a preatty big deal.

Oh there is also a "super fairy" coming over, thats not how you spell that kinda fairy, I know...... just woke up, sorry

Anyways there are alot of obsticals, but this is an amazing place. And I think if you have an intrest in it you should not give up. I have pulled off some preatty strange **** in my life, and with everyone telling me there is no way to do it. But Im stubborn as hell, and sometimes you have to be when your going for a dream. Plus, easy stuff is boring
Good luck and let me know how it goes,
05-04-2007 02:26 PM
Big Island Living

Just in from the Big Island about 6 months ago.

You can live aboard inside of the Port Authority (USCG & Cruise Ships Dock here), but with a 3 year waiting list...

There is a nice place to anchor, Reed's Bay, just a mile North of the Basin. If you're on a Cat, you can get real close, 50 feet from shore if you draw more than three. No matter where you are in Hilo, there is little protection from the East side. And the winds do kick up plenty of chop.

The Kona side Marina (Honokohau) has plenty of slips, but none are live aboards. Nice Marina, lots of charters here.

Kawaihae is on the NW side of the Big Island and they offer slips there. I've never been too far into the marina - one time late at night to pick up my husband and his sailing buddies, came in from Oahu - so I can't tell you about slip rentals or live aboards. Protection is better here.

As far as sailing goes on the Big Island...not very popular. Sailing to Oahu is a breeze, but sailing to the Big Island from there can be tricky, it's against everything.

That's why most of the sailors -few there are - spend their time on Oahu.

By the way, living on land in Hilo is no picnic either...It rains A LOT. Kona is the dry side and if you like sunny and warm, nice beaches (not much for beaches in Hilo either), go Kona. Aloha.

Cheers & Happy Sails.
05-02-2007 10:38 PM
func Jimi71,

I lived on the Big Island, Kona side, for a couple years recently. Having lived aboard a boat in Vancouver, BC, I figured that'd be a great way to go there. Couldn't find any space though - the only harbors are man-made, and demand is high. Honokohau Harbor, near where I worked, had a 10 year waiting list for berths. And was definitely not an official live aboard place, but you know how that works.

There is one spot that caught my eye over by Spencer Beach Park, still on the west side of the island - there's a little breakwater built there with some sail boats anchored in it. You can see it in Google Earth - 20 1'36.46"N 15549'33.33"W. Not much for facilities. No idea who runs it either. Got in trouble with the locals for kitesurfing there - drifted downwind into the shark heiau. I didn't want to be there either, but luckily I ran into the locals before the sharks.

I also noticed a couple sailboats anchored in the Hilo harbour behind the big breakwater, but I wasn't too interested in that side of the island - too far to commute. I did come across a lot of complaints about the general state of the marinas in Hawaii while I was researching.

Sorry I can't be of more help.
03-18-2007 01:52 PM
jimi71 Like you said, Wildcard, so much potential. I've been to the islands many times and often dreamed of living in a marina there... before I started researching this, I figured the islands would be loaded with oppurtunities to live aboard... turns out that they are slimmer than I had hoped. The two biggest factors would be crime/security and the allowance of pets at the marinas, so far they are coming up short on both.

Please keep the info coming I appreciate it all!

03-12-2007 07:33 PM
Originally Posted by camaraderie
Jim...didn't know whether to put this link here or under Hunter's but thought you might be interested:
A Hunter Loses Rudder off Hawaii

Certainly speaks to why you need a stout vessel for the Hawaii run.
It speaks of a need for some common sense. Why make the run in winter? This is expected weather.
03-12-2007 07:28 PM
wildcard It's all pretty much true and sad. The islands have so much potential but the local run mafia just sucks the cash off and refuses to do any repairs. Ko olina also has live aboard slips but it too is on Oahu. Ya cant even anchor up and stay or the DLNR nazis will be all over you...Here is a link for any desired info.
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