August - September 1999
Port Authorities Conference August 15-19
Hawaii expects to host 150 to 200 delegates at the 86th annual conference
of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities, according to Tom
Fujikawa, administrator of the Harbors Division of the state Department
of Transportation and current PCAPA president. The conference, hosted
by the DOT, will be held August 15-19 at the Pacific Beach Hotel in
The association is made up of members from the United States, Canada
and Mexico, but anyone interested may attend. Invitations were sent
to Hawaii businesses as well as to representatives of ports in the Asia-Pacific
basin and Central and South America.
Fujikawa, who was elected president of the PCAPA last fall for a one-year
term, said he hopes members of the local maritime industry will attend
since the conference offers many opportunities to network with others
in the industry.
Session topics include the Cruise Industry, 21st Century Maritime Trends,
Alien Species Control, Port Security, Ports Forum, Port Financing and
Partnering. John Graykowski, a deputy with the federal Maritime Administration
(MARAD) is the keynote speaker at the opening day luncheon.
The registration fee for the entire conference is $600 and includes
breakfasts, luncheons, receptions, luau dinner and conference materials.
A $225 per day rate is also available. For registration information,
call the University of Hawaii Conference Center at (808) 956-8204.
SS Independence sets sail for the INDY 1000
On August 14, American Hawaii Cruises’ SS Independence will set sail
from Honolulu Harbor, her bow draped with a giant lei. A helicopter
will drop flowers on deck and fireworks will light the sky as the grand
lady is escorted from the harbor by HFD fireboat Moku Ahi, shooting
off its water cannons to help commemorate the “Indy’s” 1000th cruise
around the Hawaiian Islands.|
On board, passengers will be treated to commemorative gifts, special
events and dinners. At each neighbor island call, special arrival and
departure activities are planned.
The only remaining U.S. flag ocean liner in service, the 50-year-old
Independence arrived in Hawaii in 1980, taking her first tour of the
islands on June 16. Since then, with the exception of time in drydock,
she has been circumnavigating this Pacific archipelago weekly.
American Hawaii Cruises estimates that in 1998 its one-ship operation
had a direct economic impact of nearly $70 million. The figure includes
salaries, passenger tours and transfers, provisions, taxes, licenses,
dock fees and repairs as well as about $28 million in passenger off-ship
expenditures, hotels and meals. The company spends millions more on
direct mail, advertising and public relations efforts to promote its
cruises and generate awareness of Hawaii as a vacation destination,
says Tom Carman, American Hawaii Cruises’ executive vice president.
The Independence shared the inter-island cruise route with her sister
ship, the SS Constitution, until she was taken out of service in 1995.
The ship was sold for scrap two years later, but sunk in the Pacific
Ocean en route to India.
When the Independence and Constitution were launched in 1950, they
were the largest passenger ships produced in the United States in more
than a decade. Built for American Export Lines by Bethlehem Steel Company,
they were proclaimed “the fastest, safest and most comfortable liners
ever to fly the American flag.”
They were designed for the company’s New York-Mediterranean service,
accommodating 1,003 passengers and a crew of 577. However, they were
arranged in such a way that in the event of a national emergency they
could be quickly converted into troop transports, capable of carrying
5,000 men and their equipment. With a top speed of 26 knots, the ships
could outrun all but a few of the world’s swiftest merchantmen at the
time, and exceed the peak known speed of the fastest existing submarines,
according to Bethlehem Steel’s early promotional material.
More than $50 million was spent in planning, building, furnishing and
equipping the two ships.
New liners on the horizon
American Hawaii’s parent company, American Classic Voyages Co., expects
to spend $880 million on two new luxury liners for its Hawaii service.
In March of this year, the company signed a contract with Ingalls Shipbuilding
of Pascagoula, Miss., to build the country’s largest ever cruise ships,
and the first large U.S. cruise ships in more than 40 years.
The first of these 840-foot-long, 1,900-passenger liners is scheduled
to go into Hawaii service in early 2003.
To build a market for this increased capacity, American Hawaii will
lease or charter a foreign passenger ship and re-flag it for U.S. service
as early as the summer of 2000. The vessel may be used in coastwise
trade in the Hawaiian Islands for up to two years after the second of
American Hawaii’s new ships are delivered.
The shipbuilding contract and re-flag, known as “Project America,” are
all part of the U.S.-Flag Cruise Ship Pilot Project Statute passed by
Congress in 1997 to help revitalize the U.S.-flag cruise ship fleet.
Oahu’s commuter ferry project idling
by Mele Pochereva
The state Department of Transportation and Pacific Marine were hoping
to launch their intra-island commuter ferry demonstration project in
time to participate in the DOT’s “Beat the School Jam” promotion in
mid-August. Delays in contract negotiations between Pacific Marine and
DOT have pushed back the planned August 16 launch date.
The year-long $4 million project, aims to assess the economic viability
of a ferry system to help alleviate commuter traffic to and from downtown
At a July presentation to the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii Maritime
Committee, Eric Schiff, vice president of Pacific Marine’s Navatek Ships,
emphasized that the demonstration project is really a transportation
“study” that will identify parking needs, shuttle bus systems, fare
structures, pierside and onboard amenities and other factors that could
affect ridership and long-term economic viability.
Schiff said the project also calls for the study of off-peak commercial
activities that could bring in enough revenues to help offset the cost
of the commuter service. But, he said, subsidy rates nationally for
commuter ferry operations typically run between 73 and 78 percent. He
expects a Hawaii service would eventually be subsidized by the federal
and/or state government.
A 140-passenger Foilcat 2900, built in Norway by Westamarin, will be
used in the demonstration project. The vessel reaches a service
speed of 35 to 45 knots and is the first and only certified high-speed
craft in the United States.
Pacific Marine plans to run the ferry between Kalaeloa/Barbers Point
Harbor and Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 9 for the first three months of the
project. A Barbers Point-Kewalo Basin route also will be tested. Pending
approval from the Navy, a Pearl Harbor-Honolulu route may be added.
The proposed operating schedule includes two round-trips in the mornings,
departing Barbers Point at 5:30 and 7:30, and two afternoon runs with
departures from Pier 9 at 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. In sea trials during the
last few months, the commute time between Barbers Point and Honolulu
Harbor ranged from 46 to 49 minutes, from cast-off to tie-up. A shuttle
bus at each end of the ferry route will pick up and drop off passengers
at major city bus stops in Kapolei and downtown.
American Marine Services Group: From Kewalo Basin to the Pacific
by Mele Pochereva
From its beginnings in 1973 as American Divers, a small commercial diving
business operating out of offices in the old McWayne Marine building
at Kewalo Basin, American Marine Services Group has grown into a significant
force in the Pacific Basin, with regional offices in Honolulu, Los Angeles
American Marine Services Group marks its 25th anniversary with the unveiling
of a new name and corporate structure that will launch the group of
companies into the next century.
The new corporate name of “American Marine Corporation” reflects the
consolidation of three operating groups – American Divers, Inc., American
Workboats, Inc. and North Pacific Construction, Inc. – into a single
company focusing on the business of commercial diving, vessel operations,
and marine contracting. This new entity makes up the marine operations
of the larger American Marine Services Group of companies that includes
Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO) and American Deepwater Engineering,
“Our group has developed into a significant coastwise and offshore marine
services provider with annual revenues of $25 million,” says Scott Vuillemot,
one of American Divers’ three co-founders, along with Robert Shahnazarian
and the late Pat Wolter.
The real history of the company begins in 1976, when American Divers
moved from its Kewalo location to 20 Sand Island Road, explains Vuillemot.
“Bob Shahnazarian and I lived in the attic above our offices. Bob had
the ‘Diamond Head suite’ and I had the ‘Ewa suite.’ Bob focused on the
workboat side of operations and I concentrated on commercial diving
and marine construction. Pat was the president and senior partner.”
In the 1970s there was considerable marine construction work in the
Islands, including the installation of offshore moorings for Chevron
at Barbers Point and ocean outfall installation projects for the state.
Then, in 1979, Vuillemot and Shahnazarian followed federal pipeline
work to Puerto Rico, staying there for four years and forming a new
sister company to American Divers: American Workboats. Wolter stayed
in Honolulu to oversee the Hawaii operations.
As work in Puerto Rico dried up, the company looked to the West Coast
as the next viable market for its services, opening a regional office
in Los Angeles in 1982. Three years later, Pacific Environmental Corporation
(PENCO) was formed, complementing its sister companies with emergency
marine oil spill response and related environmental services.
Then, in the spring of ’87, Pat Wolter was killed in a tragic accident
during a salvage project off the Big Island. Vuillemot returned to Hawaii
to take the helm of the Hawaii operations as president of American Divers.
Shahnazarian remained in charge of the Los Angeles office as president
of American Workboats.
Expanding business horizons
In the last 12 years, the two principals have continued to steer the
company towards new opportunities. A third regional office was opened
in Alaska in 1993, the same year that North Pacific Construction was
formed to provide an expanded construction capability for the group.
Then, in 1997, American Deepwater Engineering was formed. This newest
venture is a departure from American Marine Services’ other operations.
“American Deepwater Engineering is a startup effort to develop manned
submersibles that will offer the Pacific Basin a state-of-the-art deepwater
capability,” says Vuillemot. “Our intent is to offer a capability for
working at depths previously unachievable at commercially viable costs.”
The company intends to explore the feasibility of ocean resource development
as well as provide services for work at depths up to 2000 feet. American
Deepwater Engineering presently holds a contract with the U.S. Navy
for the inspection of deepwater submarine range systems and plans to
begin operations in late 1999.
Robert Shahnazarian and Scott Vuillemot have assumed new roles that
will guide American Marine Services Group as it expands its reach in
Alaska, the West Coast and the Pacific. Shahnazarian, formerly president
of American Workboats, has taken on the positions of chairman and chief
executive officer. Vuillemot, formerly president of American Divers,
North Pacific Construction and PENCO, is now president and chief operating
officer. Clifford Dart was named chief financial officer.
They are at the helm of a diversified, multi-million-dollar group of
companies that, in the last decade alone, has grown from 25 to more
than 200 employees (including 100 in Hawaii) and has increased its revenues
“A major part of our growth philosophy is to plan and control the various
facets of the business, from the administration to personnel and equipment,”
Vuillemot explains. “Things along the road don’t always work out the
way a plan is originally conceived, but perseverance and good business
practice go a long way towards reaching your goals.”
Meet the fleet of companies:
American Marine Corporation
Three operating groups have been consolidated into this new corporate
entity, headed by Neil Williams, vice president and Pacific Regions
The Diving Division specializes in all types of commercial diving
to 300 feet of depth. Marine construction, oilfield services and salvage
are the group’s specialties. Among its Hawaii clients, the company
has provided diving inspection and maintenance service for Chevron’s
sea berth at Barbers Point since 1983.
The Vessel Services Division provides offshore towing and coastal
construction support with a fleet of 16 tugs and crewboats, ranging
up to 3000 horsepower. The group has homeport operations in Honolulu
and Los Angeles. One of its most significant projects was the Valdez
oil spill in 1989.
The Construction Division has undertaken projects throughout the Pacific
Basin, specializing in work requiring large diving, vessel or environmental
components. Current projects include construction of a new seawall
at Johnston Island for the Navy, a large wreck removal in American
Samoa for the U.S. Coast Guard, and construction of the new marina
at Ko Olina.
Pacific Environmental Corporation (PENCO)
Under the leadership of Rusty Nall, vice president and Pacific Regions
manager, PENCO provides emergency response and cleanup of oil spill
related incidents. It is the primary responder for the U.S. Coast
Guard in Hawaii and has the contract with the state of Hawaii for
emergency response for hazardous materials. PENCO has been in operation
in Alaska for the past six years, performing spill cleanup and environmental
services throughout the state, most recently at Dutch Harbor for the
grounded ship Kurashima.
American Deepwater Engineering Ltd.
Formed in 1997, this startup company is working towards the development
of a deepwater capability to be under way in late 1999. State-of-the-art
manned submersibles, under construction in Vancouver, Canada, will
be able to work at depths up to 2000 feet.
Offshore aquaculture project launched
With an eye on the oceans’ dwindling supply of fish, scientists at
the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program and the Oceanic
Institute have begun a research project in marine aquaculture that offers
an opportunity to expand these resources.
This past summer, SeaStation 3000, a 50-by-80 foot bi-conical sea cage,
was moored in waters approximately two miles off Ewa Beach at a depth
of 100 feet. Made of a steel core with a steel frame supporting a lightweight
mesh netting, the cage is fully submerged and not visible from the surface.
Nor is it in the way of boats or ships.
The research project will stock over 70,000 moi (Pacific threadfin or
Polydactylus sexfilis) in Hawaii’s first experiment in open-ocean mariculture.
They are fed commercial fish pellets twice a day through a pipe. Divers
scrub the cage daily to ensure that water continues to flow through
After four months in the cage, the fish will begin to be harvested as
they reach a market size of about a pound. They will be used to help
develop new markets for Hawaii’s aquaculture industry in cooperation
with local seafood distributors.
Funded by the National Sea Grant College Program and the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration, the SeaStation project will help develop
offshore aquaculture technologies for use in the United States and the
“The potential of aquaculture in open-ocean environments has attracted
considerable interest throughout the world and raises the intriguing
possibility of fully utilizing the ocean’s resources,” said Dr. Charles
Helsley, Hawaii Sea Grant director. “Our research project will identify
issues related to open-ocean aquaculture in island regions of the tropical
Pacific. Hawaii is an ideal place for this research because of the presence
of several desirable fish species, clean seawater, warm temperatures
and good scientific infrastructure.”
Y2K reporting requirements
Owners of vessels and marine facilities were required to submit completed
questionnaires by August 1 to report their respective Year 2000 preparedness.
The U.S. Coast Guard established the temporary interim rule to help
Captains of the Port and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection to identify
potential Y2K malfunctions of equipment and systems and to take appropriate
measures to promote port safety and environmental protection.
Those subject to the reporting requirement include documented and undocumented
vessels in the United States; foreign flag vessels operating in U.S.
waters between August 1, 1999 and March 31, 2000; and marine facilities
as defined in 33 CFR 160.309. Certain recreational and public vessels,
uninspected commercial fishing vessels and uninspected barges are among
those not required to submit questionnaires.
Further information about the temporary rule is available online at
the Coast Guard website www.uscg.mil (see Y2K concerns). Or contact
Chief Warrant Officer Brian Plante at MSO Honolulu 522-8264, ext. 154.
Licensing policy alert
Effective July 12, 1999, Coast Guard MSO Honolulu will complete a review
of the National Driver Register (NDR) before issuing a license or merchant
mariner’s document for all original or reissued credentials with a new
expiration date. The procedure takes 3-5 business days to process.
Credentials may be issued before the NDR is reviewed if each of the
following conditions is met:
• Mariner’s employment may be jeopardized due to circumstances beyond
• Applicant provides a written statement from the employer attesting
that the position being employed for is non-safety sensitive (e.g.
waiters or entertainers); and
• Applicant provides a written statement that he/she does not have
any previous driving convictions.
Further information is available by calling the Coast Guard Regional
Examination Center in Honolulu at 522-8264, ext. 193 or 146.
5/13/99 WAIKIKI, OAHU.
The submarines Atlantis VII and Atlantis XIV collided while operating
off the coast of Waikiki. As Atlantis XIV waited on the surface to correct
a communication problem, Atlantis VII entered the same dive zone and
attempted to resurface. The hand rails on the deck of the Atlantis
VII struck the skids on the Atlantis XIV. No persons were
injured. The hand rails on the Atlantis VII were damaged. There was
no damage to Atlantis XIV.
5/28/99 KALAELOA/BARBERS POINT HARBOR, OAHU.
The barge Punapau, towed by the tug Powhatan, allided with daymarker
number 4 as it entered the Kalaeloa/Barbers Point Harbor channel. While
shortening tow, the master lost control of the barge which drifted to
the southeast and struck the daymarker. The Punapau suffered minor,
superficial damage. Daymarker number 4 was pushed to the side separating
one of the support posts from the center post and offsetting the center
post. No persons were injured.
6/9/99 MAUNALUA BAY, OAHU.
A diver on the MV Musashi was injured in a diving accident after jumping
off the stern of the vessel to prepare for his dive. After resurfacing,
the diver realized that the vessel was drifting towards him when his
dive tank bumped the dive step on the vessel’s stern. Sensing
that he was too close to the vessel, the diver turned around and tried
to kick away from the vessel. He was struck by the propeller and injured
his leg. The diver was recovered immediately, and transferred to an
ambulance waiting on shore.
GPS rollover August 21
The maritime industry and others who rely on the Global Positioning
System will face an important date change at midnight on August 21:
the GPS End of Week Rollover.
The phenomenon occurs every 19.6 years and originates from the date
the GPS satellite system was launched, at midnight, January 5/6, 1980.
At that time the system was programmed for 1,024 weeks of operation
before it would need to be reset. August 21 is the date that week 1,023
rolls over to week 0 again.
While the GPS satellites and military receivers are unaffected by the
rollover, civilian GPS users may encounter problems with their individual
units. Similar to the millenium bug, the EOW rollover could mean that
some units, particularly older ones, will read “0000" as an invalid
date. Stored waypoints could be lost; calendar and date readings as
well as navigational positions could be inaccurate.
The best way to find out if a specific model is likely to be affected
is to call the manufacturer, suggests the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast
Guard is the government liaison to the civilian sector for GPS-related
issues and has posted a website with GPS rollover information and a
comprehensive listing of GPS manufacturers and how to contact them:
Transportation of Hazardous Material Training Course. Two-day course
offered by National Cargo Bureau, Inc. 8 am - 4 pm. Location TBA. Fee.
Contact: NCB (808)836-7799.
Monthly Hawaii Operational Safety Team (HOST) meeting. 1-4 pm. Club
14 on CG Base Sand Island. Contact: Lt. Mark Willis (808)522-8264, ext.
“Geological processes that shape the coastline” presentation by Sea
Grant specialist Robert Mullane, hosted by Hawaiian Islands Humpback
Whale Natl. Marine Sanctuary. 7 p.m. Sanctuary visitor center, Kihei.
Contact: (808)879-2818 or toll-free 800-831-4888.
To have your meeting or event listed, please send information to
the editor at least four weeks prior to publication.
McCabe Hamilton & Renny President Tim Guard is the new president-elect
of the international General Stevedoring Council. Guard was elected
at the GSC’s annual meeting, hosted earlier this year by the Dubai Ports
Authority of the United Arab Emirates and attended by representatives
of 40 stevedoring companies. In May 2000 Guard will be installed as
the first ever Hawaii president of the prestigious worldwide trade association
that was founded in 1970.
Valerie L. Harmon, a scientist specializing in aquaculture, recently
joined the Kona Bay Oyster and Shrimp Company as hatchery manager. Harmon
previously was the hatchery manager for the Gloucester Point Hatchery
at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Victorialei “Nohea” Nakaahiki, RP, a paralegal with Carlsmith Ball’s
maritime/admiralty law section, was one of 10 paralegals across the
nation to be recognized as “specialty stars” in a recent issue of Legal
Assistant Today. Nakaahiki has been a litigation paralegal for 11 years,
and has been in maritime law for the past six years.
Denver Webb and Tom Parsons have joined Marisco, Ltd. as production
superintendent/project manager and estimator, respectively. Previously
Webb was the maintenance superintendent with Young Brothers. Parsons
worked for American Management Systems for the past 14 years. Citing
“a unique personal opportunity,” Rob Quartel resigned as president of
the Jones Act Reform Coalition, effective July 5. Quartel joined the
coalition shortly after its inception in 1995 and previously served
as a member of the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
John C. Couch, the former chairman, president and CEO of Alexander &
Baldwin, Inc., will retire from the company effective September 30.
He joined the company in 1976 as an engineer with A&B subsidiary
Matson Navigation Company, and later became president of Matson. Couch
became president and CEO of A&B in 1992, and chairman in 1995. During
the past year, Couch has been on leave of absence for medical reasons.
Voyager Submarines “plants” artificial reef
The 200-foot Sea Tiger is the newest addition to a growing “fleet” of
artificial reefs off Waikiki. On June 24, after weeks of preparation,
Voyager Submarines had the former fishing vessel sunk in 110 feet of
water, about a mile off the shores of Waikiki. In time, the sunken ship
will become a new haven for marine life, enhancing the diving experience
for Voyager passengers.
The Sea Tiger Artificial Reef marks the beginning efforts of Voyager
Submarines’ Lopaka Reef Foundation, a non-profit organization formed
to protect and re-establish natural coral reefs. Hurricane Iwa in 1982,
combined with overfishing in the area, left the waters off Waikiki almost
completely devoid of life.
Competitor Atlantis Submarines began building a similar reef off Waikiki
10 years ago. Among its components are a fishing vessel, Navy oiler
and the remains of two airplanes.
Hawaii fish landings rank 5th in value
Hawaii continues to hold a spot on the top 10 list of U.S. ports with
the greatest dollar value of fish landings. Though the volume of Hawaii’s
commercial catch doesn’t compare with other major ports around the country,
the value of the state’s 1998 landings was $49 million, according to
a recent report by the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Topping the list with both the highest volume and greatest dollar value
of fish landings in the country is the Alaskan port of Dutch Harbor-Unalaska,
whose commercial catch of 597.1 pounds was valued at $110 million. New
Bedford, Mass. was second with landings valued at $93.5 million; the
Kodiak, Alaska catch value was third at $78.7 million; and Brownsville-Port
Isabel, Texas was fourth with a value of $64.2 million.
Atlantis to introduce mini-subs
Atlantis Adventures plans to add two three-person SEAmobile submarines
next January to its Hawaii fleet of five passenger submarines. More
may be added later as market demand increases.
The “mini-subs” are the first of their type in the world and seat two
passengers side-by-side in their own private “bubble,” with the submarine
captain in another cockpit. They offer 360-degree views and are very
maneuverable. Guests will be able to access a joystick for underwater
maneuvering while the captain maintains override capability at all times.
The subs are rated for a maximum depth of 150 feet, with speeds up to
two knots. Tours will last about 30 minutes.
Seafarers’ Handbook published
The Seaman’s Church Institute (SCI) of New York and New Jersey recently
published The Seafarers’ Handbook, the first comprehensive handbook
for mariners worldwide. The publication will be given to seafarers visited
by SCI’s chaplains in the United States and in 25 international ports.
“Aloha Boat Days” Making Memories
by Councilmember Rene Mansho
In the interest of supporting our local economy, the Honolulu City Council
formed the “Aloha Boat Days Committee” in December 1998 to promote the
maritime and passenger ship industry.
Since January 24, 1999, every cruise ship arriving at Honolulu Harbor
receives the traditional “Boat Day” greeting: an escort to the
pier by fireboats Moku Ahi and Abner T. Longley, a helicopter shower
of tropical flowers, streamers, Hawaiian music and hula, plumeria leis
for passengers upon disembarkation, and a special presentation to the
captain of the ship from City officials.
Subsequently, we added traditional “Aloha Oe” festivities for departing
ships. Thirty minutes prior to departure, passengers are entertained,
Offshore Helicopters drops a shower of tropical flowers, and the fireboat
escorts the ship out to sea while the crowd on the pier sings “Aloha
Oe.” What a sight at night!
In addition, every Saturday night at 9 p.m. at Pier 10, after
the departure of the SS Independence, a gift certificate for dinner
for four on the Independence is given away to a lucky participant on
the pier. The excitement of the visitors is awesome, and the enthusiasm
of the crowd on the pier is wonderfully nostalgic of Hawaii’s true aloha
spirit. A “must see and feel!”
During these difficult economic times, this successful, public-private
partnership is a welcome addition to strengthening our tourist industry.
The state Department of Transportation-Harbors Division, the city Department
of Parks and Recreation, Honolulu City Council, Honolulu Fire Department,
Office of Culture and Arts, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Oahu Visitors Bureau,
and U.S. Customs, together with the voluntary efforts of private-sector
partners like Aloha Tower Marketplace, American Hawaii Cruises, McCabe
Hamilton & Renny, Hawaii Stevedores, Aala Shipping Service and Marisco,
have brought to reality this shared vision of “making memories.”
Return visits and increased retail sales are but a few of the benefits
of a positive cruise experience.
Future plans include:
“Hawaii Boat Days 2000,” promoting all of our “ports of aloha” with
coordinated efforts on Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Hawaii
“Baywatch” filming of Aloha Boat Days
Hawaii pavilion at the March 2000 Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention
Promotion of “Made in Hawaii” products on cruise ships
Increased job training opportunities for the growing maritime industry
Establishment of a Pacific Emergency Response training center
Hawaii Tourism Authority partnership with Aloha Boat Days
Development of new cruise ship facilities statewide
The Aloha Boat Days committee would like more participants in the program,
whether to entertain or to join the crowd on the pier in welcoming passengers.
Please call Rene Mansho at 753-2220 to offer your kokua. Mahalo and
me ke aloha pumehana!
Honolulu City Councilmember Rene Mansho heads the community relations
efforts of the Aloha Boat Days committee.
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