Company Offers Cruise Around Kauai

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.
  • Holoholo Charters
    Phone: (808) 246-HOLO (4656)
    Fax: (808) 241-1457

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