The Fair Wind Story
What started off as a brief rendezvous in Kona on a cruise from Monterey to the South Pacific, turned into a lifetime adventure on the western coast of Hawaii’s Big Island for the Dant family.
After a few years of hard work, Michael and Janet developed Fair Wind into a snorkel business with adventurous snorkel excursions to Kealakekua Bay. Fair Wind Snorkel Cruises exploded with popularity so they began offering nightly dinner cruises. They often sailed out two times a night to meet the demand of the tour groups.
In 1983 Puhi and his wife Mendy purchased the Fair Wind business from Michael and Janet and continued hosting the best snorkel excursions in Hawaii. Keeping with the tradition of his boat-building family, Puhi added a second vessel, The Ho’okele. The Ho’okele was a custom designed, 55-foot trimaran. They named this second vessel after their first son. Ho’okele – translating to “Navigator” in Hawaiian. The Ho’okele began service in November of 1987. Ho’okele took the place of the original Fair Wind as she was pulled from the ocean for a long dry dock. The Ho’okele carried out Fair Wind Cruises reputation of being the Big Island’s best snorkel trip.
In 2005, Fair Wind sold the Orca Raft to make way for the company’s new crown jewel, the luxurious Hula Kai. The vessel caters to snorkel enthusiasts with the thrill of speeding to exotic locations along the remote south Kona coast. The Hula Kai is a 55-foot hydrofoil catamaran and packed with first-class amenities like individual seating, two on board restrooms, stand up paddleboards, under water sea rockets and a huge commercial grill used to prepare gourmet meals.
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 2015, the Fair Wind II, the Hula Kai and the Capt. Jack were updated with a sophisticated, dark navy blue paint job. This luxurious appearance is consistent with the first class activities offered by Fair Wind Cruises.