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The Fair Wind Story


Their South Pacific trip was cut short when the Fair Wind sustained damage just off the Kona coast of Hawaii. While repairing their vessel, the Dants were met with true aloha spirit, numerous random acts of kindness, and a genuine positive attitude from within the community, prompting Michael and Janet to consider residing in Kona permanently.

CaptPuhi1973, their son Puhi arrived in Kona while on vacation and found his heart and home here in Kona, and joined in on the family business.

By 1974 the Dant family began focusing on the best possible activity they could offer. In order to achieve this goal, in 1975 the Fair Wind saw many changes. The vessel’s cabin was raised and given a water slide for additional fun. They upgraded her sails to a fun colorful rainbow that soon become Fair Wind’s trademark. They upgraded lunch from the traditional tuna sandwich to a first class barbeque meal.

Hurricane-Iniki-WHTUnfortunately, in September 1992, the Ho’okele was destroyed in hurricane Iniki. She broke loose from her mooring and the pounding storm smashed her upon the rocks in Keauhou. Luckily, they had the original Fair Wind nearby to continue operations, while their newest vessel, the Fair Wind II, was being built in Vancouver, Washington.

FairwindII-with-sailIn 1994 the Fair Wind II was complete and started its run continuing Fair Wind Cruises tradition of fun and superior service. This custom-built 60-foot catamaran was fully stocked with the best amenities. It was equipped with it’s classic sail, high jump platforms, two 15-foot water slides, two fresh water showers, two on board restrooms and two staircases descending directly into the water for easy in and out water access.

Orca-Capt-Cook-HIn 2001, Fair Wind’s fleet had grown to include the Orca Raft Adventure for those looking for more adventure and exhilarating speeds. They also added a custom designed 11.5-foot mini vesse, the Fair Wind Tug – a fully operational vessel that was featured in numerous community parades and was later donated to a local school.

In 2009 the Hula Kai started operating a nightly Manta Ray snorkel, which the Travel Channel calls “One Of The Top-Ten Things To Do In Your Lifetime”. The Night Manta snorkel allows guests to experience the beauty of the Manta Rays up close and personal, creating memories to be cherished forever. Exclusively for the Manta snorkel, they have also added hot homemade vegan soups as well as dinner rolls and hot cocoa.



In 2014 The Fair Wind II’s mast and sail were removed and replaced with Bimini tops for a safer, sleeker look that also provides passengers with additional shade.

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