|Hawaii in Summer… Dodging Hurricanes… HECTOR|
|Kewalo Basin and Ala Wai Boat Harbor, Honolulu. No transient docking available|
|The sad state of Ala Wai Boat Harbor|
- Few protected anchorages. The Eastern coasts are, obviously, exposed to the trade winds and unsuitable. The Western and Northern coasts are made of steep cliffs and rocky shores, steep drops, and count very few natural anchorages.
|The work dock… we nudged Domino next to the SWATH|
- Decrepit harbors. I hate to say it, but it is true. The yachting population is not a State priority and the State-controlled harbors are in dire state of disrepair. Take Oahu, for example. It took us 4 days to find a berth at the Ala Wai in Waikiki, and only after we got denied by all of the other State-harbors, private harbors and yacht clubs.
|Riding HECTOR on the lagoon|
Keehi Harbor (State-owned), by the airport, is another enormous harbor, with fair protection. We called, and there is NO berth or mooring for a 65’ boat, and there is NO anchoring in the enormous Keehi lagoon. Yet, when we took a peek at the harbor, a good 30% of the docks were destroyed, and of the boats present, I’d say a good 20% were derelict. Some weird traffic goes on at night too, making you wonder what’s going on under the nose of the harbormaster! However, when hurricane HECTOR reared its head, we anchored in the lagoon anyways, and beseeched permission as soon as the harbormaster’s office opened. After some back-and-forth, we were allowed to stay until it was safe to cruise again.
|Friday Night in Waikiki’s Ala Wai Boat Harbor|
|The perk: Fabric shopping!|
|The Ala Wai Boat Harbor – So many derelict boats that should not be there!|
|Learning the Hawaaian quilting with the pros… the real deal!|
|Ukulele and Hawaiian Quilting!|
|Thank you, my Captain!|
|How can we not love these amazing creatures? Spinner Dolphins|
|Zebra Moray (Photo Graham’s Island.com)|
|Fourth of July at the Ala Wai… we have 40 flags out!|
|Ahi Poke, anyone?|