I’m sad to report that the Kula Kai is indeed gone.
An email from John Eveleth, one of the harbor agents for Kewalo Basin, confirmed that she was removed from the water and broken up late last year.
Rather than spending my holiday sitting at home in front of the computer, I returned to the harbor.
The Coast Guard ships were looking very sharp, dressed with flags. Here’s USCGC Rush:
The usual barge traffic. Some boats on Ho‘omaka Hou:
“O STAR” no more! The painters were busy painting on the rest of the letters (a bit crooked) in her name:
Tosakaien Maru rat guard:
Despite the blustery wind, it was a nice day, so I decided to go walking. Instead of one of my usual routes toward ‘Ewa, I went to Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park.
A different view of Mindoro Star. The painters were definitey busy:
Some kids were jumping into a fenced off drainage canal. Not a good idea. Who knows where the run-off is coming from!
Cranes left at the Ehime Maru memorial:
After basking for a while in the sun on top of one of the hills, I continued on to Kewalo Basin.
Did I mention it was (and still is) windy?
I was sad to discover that Kula Kai was gone. I looked around, but didn’t see her anywhere.
Her berth, next to the modern sampan Nisei, is now occupied by Betty H:
I hadn’t heard any news of her removal. A quick Google doesn’t turn up anything. She was in very poor shape, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they finally got rid of her.
Another vessel in sad shape is Vida Mia:
She needs a lot of TLC and varnish!
Here’s some info on her from WoodenBoat magazine’s website: Vida Mia
A trip to Kewalo Basin isn’t complete without a visit to the old Kula Kai.
This notice (dated May of this year) was posted on board:
Poor girl. Last I heard, a group was trying to save her. Have the plans fallen through?
Photos showing the condition of parts of the wood hull:
The bilge pump works:
Male spotted boxfish swimming along the hull:
Surprise, surprise…I didn’t go to the ship yesterday. I was invited to go on a 6-hour sail on a catamaran.
It seems that Honolulu Harbor isn’t the only place with cool fish. Walking from the parking lot to where the boat was located at Kewalo Basin, I saw male and female spotted boxfishes, a humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa (Rhinecanthus rectangulus), and squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana).
There were three of them and it was fun to watch them change colors.
Anyway, on to the more scenic stuff.
Here’s the view looking toward the entrance to Honolulu Harbor. The Star of Honolulu is leaving for her morning whale watching cruise:
On the way out, it was a real treat to see a Hawaiian Monk Seal (Monachus schauinslandi):
Canoe with Diamond Head in the background:
Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) poking its head above the water:
Diamond Head with lighthouse at lower right:
The wind was blowing from the south/southwest, so the aircraft approaching Honolulu International Airport adjusted their flight paths accordingly. This brought them closer to shore than normal.
Looking into Honolulu Harbor with downtown Honolulu in the background:
Can you see Falls of Clyde?
Oo, I think I see my house!
On the return to the berth at Kewalo, a different view of the poor Kula Kai:
The stern to the right belongs to a modern sampan, Nisei.
It was a long, but fun day.
Last year I posted this entry about the Kula Kai:
Since I was in the area (Kewalo Basin) yesterday, I thought I’d pay her a visit.
What I saw made me quite sad. I suppose people feel the same way when they look at the Falls.
As you can see, she needs quite a bit of work to preserve her.
I hope she gets the help she needs.
ETA: Just found this link: Kula Kai in Danger of Sinking
Seems she will be hauled out and turned over to a nonprofit organization.
KITV News report about the Kula Kai (poor thing), along with a short bit about the Falls at the end.
Those who have followed the story of the Falls of Clyde know that she is special because she is the last of her kind…an iron-hulled, 4-masted sailing oil tanker. Yesterday, while out taking photos for a design project, I came across another special vessel at Kewalo Basin.
Although she looked quite sad and forlorn, I could see that she was nothing like the other fishing boats moored nearby. I was intrigued by her and snapped a few pictures.
She is the wooden-hulled sampan Kula Kai…the last of her kind in Hawai‘i.
When I looked for information about her, I came across this article written by Bob Krauss, who was one of Falls of Clyde’s champions when he was alive:
I wonder what the Fates have in store for Kula Kai?