LIHUE -- Holoholo Charters, a new cruise company, started
operations from Kauai's Nawiliwili small-boat harbor.
Holoholo said it is the first firm to offer cruises around
Kauai, which has 120 miles of coastline.
The company operates the Holoholo, a 61-foot, 65-passenger
powered catamaran, and offers two daylong cruises that circle the
island. One of the cruise highlights is the private island of
Niihau, which passengers view but cannot visit.
The company is owned by Kevin and Marcie Millet, who operate a
boat-building business in Kauai. According to Marcie Millet, who
handles sales and marketing, no other Kauai-based vessel has the
capability of offering such cruises on a regular basis.
The Holoholo, which also is available for charter, is powered by
twin 350-horsepower engines and has a top speed of 30 knots.
Facilities include shaded seating for 45 people, a full-service
galley and bar, two trampolines, freshwater showers and swim steps.
Millet said the longer of the two around-Kauai cruises has proved
to be the more popular.
The Circle Kauai cruises are as follows:Niihau, a seven-and-a-half-hour cruise departing at 7 a.m., is
offered five days a week. It includes lunch and snorkeling and is
priced at $155 per person; $110 for ages 6 to 12.Na Pali, a six-hour tour departing at 8 a.m., is offered two
days a week.It includes lunch and snorkeling and is priced at $119
($85 for children).A two-and-a-half-hour dinner cruise, offered two days a week,
recently was added. It departs at 5:45 p.m. and is priced at $104
($75 for children). Passengers meet at Holoholo's offices at the
Anchor Cove Shopping Center, near the Kauai Marriott, and are
shuttled to the harbor.
Phone: (808) 246-HOLO (4656)
Fax: (808) 241-1457