Fair Wind Status Post Tsunami

Last July I had the opportunity to go snorkeling with the Fair Winds tour company out of Keauhou Bay on the Big Island.   I was saddened to hear that their main facility was destroyed by the recent tsunami.  They released the following release this afternoon regarding their business:

Media Release:

We are touched by the outpouring of concern for our staff and facilities following the tsunami of early Friday morning March 11. As a result of the massive earthquake in Japan, many locations along the west coast of Hawaii Island were damaged by a tsunami, including Keauhou Bay.

The good news is that our two vessels, Fair Wind II and Hula Kai, were safely out at sea and were not damaged in any way. However, buildings at Keauhou Bay (our check-in facility, another ocean adventure operator’s building and the Keauhou Yacht Club) sustained significant damage requiring extensive repairs.

The Hula Kai moored at it's dock before the tsunami

Immediately following the event Fair Wind began cleanup efforts in around the Bay.  Fair Wind operations will resume on a regular basis beginning Wednesday, March 16. Fortunately, the Kealakekua Bay area near the Captain Cook Monument shows minimal signs of the Tsunami.

We have setup a temporary satellite office at a separate location from our check-in building at the Bay while repairs are being made. Additionally, we will have a modified check-in location outside of our office at Keauhou Bay during normal check-in times for both Fair Wind and Hula Kai cruises.

The Hula Kai at the docks before the tsunami

We invite guests to join us on a cruise soon to scenic, pristine Kealakekua Bay and other locales along the rugged Kona coast. Fair Wind has shared ocean wonders with visitors for the past 40 years and looks forward to another 40 years and more of offering our award-winning tradition of excellence and aloha that has earned the company a reputation as the first choice among residents and visitors for ocean adventure. Mahalo.


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