Various Things – Small and Large

While waiting for Legend of the Seas to leave, I was looking at the rocks around where I was sitting (that’s the closest I got to the beach today).

Found a sea urchin test:

sea urchin test

Lots of pipipi:


I’m not a big fan of modern cruise ships, but variety is good.

Legend of the Seas:

Legend of the Seas

Unusual to see a fishing boat with a sailboat rig. Ka Imi Kai:

Ka Imi Kai

Old workhorse, Matsonia:


Another old workhorse, Horizon Consumer:

Horizon Consumer

Pasha Hawaii containers at Young Brothers pier:

Pasha Hawaii containers

Kaiwo Maru Departure

More photos of Kaiwo Maru!

Pi‘ilani arriving at the stern of the ship (check out the new paint job):


Pilot boat Honolulu next to Pi‘ilani, chatting while waiting:


Hello again Captain Kahoekapu!

Captain Kahoekapu

Pulling the ship away from the pier:

Kaiwo Maru away from pier

Manning the yards:

Kaiwo Maru yards manned

Passing Ile de Sein:

Kaiwo Maru passing Ile de Sein

Mikioi at the bow:


Mikioi and Kaiwo Maru

Setting up the pilot ladder:

setting up the pilot ladder

View from Honolulu along Kaiwo Maru’s hull:

view from Honolulu

Another lovely day!

Mahalo to Captain Tom Collins and Captain Fikes Mauia! Special thanks to Paul.

Moku Pahu

A rare appearance in Honolulu Harbor! She usually sails between Kahului, Maui and the Bay Area. I first saw her last year while I was visiting San Francisco.

Moku Pahu is the “tug end” of a particular configuration known as an integrated tug and barge. The barge is called HSTC 1.

Moku Pahu


Moku Pahu detail

Event Photography is…Hard

Mad props to my colleagues at work who have the task of photographing various events.

I was asked to take photos during the Dave Lyman Memorial Scholarship Fundraising Event.

Table set ups and guests arriving:

tables and guest arriving

I’m not a pro, so I was definitely way out of my element. I think I’d better stick to candids of ships! :P

On Board Pi‘ilani – Kaiwo Maru Job

This past week was a busy one, but much better than the last.

I had a lot of fun on Tuesday! The Japanese training ship Kaiwo Maru moved from the offshore anchorage to Pier 11. I had a good view of all the action from the Foss tug, Pi‘ilani.

Before leaving the pier, I asked if I could have a look at the engine room. Pretty cool!

One of the engines:

one of Pi'ilani's engines

Another photo of Ile de Sein, as we headed out:

Ile de Sein by Aloha Tower

One couldn’t have asked for a nicer day!

Approaching the anchorage:

Kaiwo Maru offshore anchorage

Pilot boat Honolulu, heading back to the harbor after taking the pilot, Captain Ed Enos, out to the ship:


What a lovely sight!

Kaiwo Maru offshore

Raising the anchor:

Kaiwo Maru raising anchor

Heading to the harbor:

Kaiwo Maru with Diamond Head

like a post card

headed toward the harbor

Kaiwo Maru stern

Emory Carrick heaving a line up to the Kaiwo Maru crew:

throwing line

Some of the Ile de Sein crew having a look at the ship:

watching from Ile de Sein

Mikioi, the other tug assisting the ship:


I’ve always been interested in what people come up with in the way of chafing gear.

I was pleased to see a design similar to a couple I made for Falls of Clyde:

chafing gear

An old work in progress photo of one of my projects:

chafing gear in progress

(I really miss doing this sort of stuff. :( )

Adjusting mooring lines and putting chafing gear in place:

adjusting lines and chafing gear

Wrapping the line around the bitts:

line around the bitts

Not the best photo, but it shows a mooring line stopper in use:

mooring line stopper

Finally, putting rat guards on the lines:

Kaiwo Maru rat guard

A big mahalo to Michael MacDonald, Rick Wilson, and Whit Olson of Foss Maritime/Young Brothers! Special thanks to Captain Kamaile Kahoekapu and Emory Carrick.

The Drama Continues

I burned my bridges. Little did I know the drama would continue even after taking such drastic measures.

This past week was a tough one. Not only was I involved in a Falls of Clyde related issue that I did not want to be sucked into, but I found myself communicating with folks who contacted me because they are concerned about the fate of the ship.

To add to that, I was just emotionally and mentally drained and there were a few things that happened that just made me even unhappier.

Anyway, it was not good.

Despite this, there were bright spots: Random chats with friendly strangers, a very nice Facebook message from someone I respect a great deal, and moral support from good friends.