The Nippon Maru is a fairly frequent visitor to Honolulu, but she’s usually berthed at a pier that isn’t open to the general public.
Mahalo to Captains Tom Heberle and Ed Enos of the Hawaii Pilots Association for the opportunity to get a closer look at the ship! There’s nothing like seeing such a grand lady get under way and head out to sea.
On the way to the pilot station, I came across this amusing typo on a bit of trash by the side of the road:
Crashing would not be good!
Outside the gate:
Captains Ed Enos and Paul Pollock on Honolulu:
Getting ready to go aloft:
Waving goodbye to people on the pier with cheers of “Aloha”…very nice!
Tira Lani assisting:
Passing Aloha Tower:
Can’t really see it in the photo above, but the cadets were waving their hats in greeting to the crew on board Hokuho Maru at Pier 8 (to the right of Nippon Maru’s bow).
The obligatory rigging shot:
Captain Enos disembarking:
Aloha Nippon Maru. A hui hou!
Special thanks to Paul!