Fair Winds Big Island Ocean Guides Celebrates 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, December 3 Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides celebrates 40 years of offering quality snorkel and dive excursions along the Kona coast.

The community is invited from 10am until 2pm to enjoy 40-cent hot dogs and drinks, 40-cent shaved ice from Scandinavian Shaved Ice, live music featuring Ponchoman, and prize drawings for logo items and certificates valid for future adventures aboard the Fair Wind II or Hula Kai.

Those joining Fair Wind’s 40th anniversary celebration December 3 can also enjoy $4 boat rides. The Fair Wind II will depart Keauhou Bay hourly beginning at 10am for 45-minute excursions with
full use of the vessel’s water slides and high jump platform. Beginning at 10:30am and departing hourly until 12:30pm, guests may board the Hula Kai for a free 45-minute historical cruise.

“Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides has been through tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes,” Fair Wind Vice President Mendy Dant shares. “Through visitor industry ups and downs, through it all, we’ve remained committed to this community, to ocean awareness and preservation. We are happy to share this 40th milestone on December 3 with our friends in the community and we look forward to seeing many of them there.”

Kamaaina with a valid Hawaii ID can register on December 3 for a free one-year membership in Fair Wind’s Kamaaina Club, a $25 value. Kamaaina Club members are eligible for Fair Wind and Hula Kai cruise discounts plus gift shop discounts and early email notification of cruise specials offered from time to time throughout the year. Even family and friends visiting a Kamaaina Club member are extended a special courtesy discount.

In addition to Fair Wind’s 40th Anniversary celebration, Fair Wind will be showcasing their newly renovated headquarters and retail shop, which were badly damaged in the tsunami that followed the devastating March 2011 earthquake in Japan.  Unique retail items will be available for purchase and just in time for holiday shopping.

As guests of this unique underwater world, Fair Wind has always recognized that everyone is responsible for ocean and reef preservation and health. Fair Wind is proud to be part of an island-wide effort to help educate residents and visitors alike about ways in which they can help. The company’s respect for the ocean and its environment was acknowledged by the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce with the Chamber’s 2011 Pualu Award for Environmental Awareness.  Fair Wind also picked up the 2011 Business Administration Award in the category of Family Owned Small Business for Hawaii County. Additionally Fair Wind has been recognized by Frommer’s Travel Guide, The Idiot’s Guide to Hawaii and the West Hawaii Readers’ Poll as the Best Snorkel Cruise on the Big Island.

Tune in to LAVA 105.3 for information and free giveaways leading up to the station’s broadcast from Keauhou Bay on December 3, visit www.Fair-Wind.com or call 322-2788 for more information. 40th Anniversary attendees are asked to park on the north side of Keauhou Bay at the bottom of Kamehameha III Road.

About Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

Fair Wind’s award-winning tradition of excellence and aloha has earned the company a reputation as the first choice among residents and visitors for ocean adventure. The Fair Wind II, with capacity for 100 guests, is a custom-built, 60-foot aluminum catamaran with covered deck, trademark tri-colored striped sail, two 15-foot water slides, high jump platform, on-board restrooms, grill area, freshwater showers, and a staircase descending directly into the water for easy water access. The more exclusive and intimate Hula Kai, with capacity for just 42, caters to snorkel and dive enthusiasts, going where others can’t. This 55-foot Technicraft hydrofoil catamaran is packed with first-class amenities such as individual theater-style seats for panoramic views during every excursion. Hula Kai also has two fresh-water showers, two rest-rooms and a large commercial grill used to prepare gourmet meals. The Fair Wind Rewards Club allows ocean adventurers to collect points valid for discounts on future ocean activity bookings.
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