Waiting for the Dawn and an Ending

Thanks to a heads up from Captain Ed Enos, I was able to make it down to the harbor to catch the final journey of Pacific Shipyards International’s (PSI) dry dock Kāpilipono.

In “better” days:

13 06.09 PSI lg drydock 01 sm

Resting on the bottom after she sank last year:

Kapilipono down

I arrived at the harbor while it was still dark.

Japanese training ships Tosakaien Maru and Hokuho Maru at Pier 9:

Tosakaien Maru Hokuho Maru

The cruise ships usually arrive early in the morning. Here’s Ruby Princess:

Ruby Princess

Not the greatest photo, but here comes the sun (and I say it’s all right):


Tying up Ruby Princess at Pier 10/11:

shore gang mooring lines

Clear and calm water (Tosakaien Maru bow):

Tosakaien Maru bow

Fellow photographer on board Ruby Princess:

getting the shot from Ruby Princess

View down the channel:

morning light

After a bit of a wait, Kāpilipono appeared, towed by Manuokekai and assisted by Mamo and Mikioi.

Passing the Matson gantry cranes:

passing by Matson gantry cranes

Manuokekai Kapilipono


The tugs were joined by Hoku Loa before passing Aloha Tower. At this point I was very lucky to be invited to hop on the pilot boat.

The Coast Guard making sure everything is all right:

Coast Guard boat

Mikioi on the port side:

Mikioi assisting

Captain Enos up on the dry dock wall:

Capt Enos

Leaving the harbor with Ruby Princess and Aloha Tower in the background:

Kapilipono Ruby Princess Aloha Tower

heading out of the harbor

Manuokekai ahead:


Hoku Loa astern:

Hoku Loa

One could not have asked for a better day. Sunny, clear, and calm.

Aloha, Kāpilipono:

towing out to sea

She was towed 12 miles offshore and scuttled.

Meanwhile, life continued on in the harbor.

Miyagi Maru, waiting offshore while Kāpilipono was being towed out, was finally able to enter the harbor:

Miyagi Maru

Kwai at the pier, almost ready to leave with a load of cargo:

Kwai stern detail

Containers being unloaded from Matson’s Haleakala:


Ocean Pathfinder arrived with a barge:

Ocean Pathfinder

Ice for the fishing boats:

ice for fishing boats

Literally, a cool job.

Moving containers:

moving containers

containers on barge

Mahalo to Captain Enos, Captain Collins, and Paul.

Matson Navigator

Ex-Horizon Navigator

In the harbor for a quick (unscheduled) stop on the way back to the Mainland from China.

Matson Navigator Mamo

Matson Navigator

Matson Navigator bow

Matson Navigator stern detail

Matson Navigator Mikioi Mamo

Matson Navigator stern

After she left the harbor, I lingered for a bit to try out shots with a tripod. Mixed results.

Hoku Loa

Hoku Loa tripod

Genius Highway

Car carriers are pretty ugly. These grey ones are the worst. Boring. Too bad they can’t paint them interesting colors.

Genius Highway

Kawika (Hi Paul!):


Mikioi just passing by:

Mikioi passing by


Genius Highway stern view

Gener8 Argus from Land

More Gener8 Argus!

Pi‘ilani at the stern:


Where the rudder post meets the hull:

rudder post meets hull

Hello again!

hello crew again

The pilot, Captain Dorflinger:

Capt Dorflinger

Bulbous bow with draft marks:

Gener8 Argus bow

Mikioi at the bow:

Mikioi Gener8 Argus

On her way:

Gener8 Argus stern view

Friday Off

Day off meant…ships!

Tanker Aurora N:

Aurora N

Pi‘ilani assisting:

Pi‘ilani Aurora N

Kaiyo Maru was at Pier 9, getting ready to depart.

I like the traditional work done for the fenders of this boat:

traditional fender Kaiyo Maru

Use whatever does the job:

fenders Kaiyo Maru


A hui hou:

Kaiyo Maru

In the afternoon, I was able to go out on Pi‘ilani for the Gener8 Argus arrival.

This was a three tug job. With Mamo:

Mamo Gener8 Argus in distance

And Mikioi:


Humpback whale spotting while waiting:

humpback in distance

It’s always awesome to see these big girls up close!

Gener8 Argus

Hello to the crew!

saying hello Gener8 Argus crew

Need a new net! The backboard still has the ship’s former name on it:

need new net

Go propeller!

go propeller

Mahalo to Rick Wilson and Michael MacDonald. Special thanks to Captain
Deron Schade.

Way Behind

It’s been a busy month. I have stuff to post but haven’t had the chance to do so. I’ll try to catch up.

This past week was a long one. I had to work yesterday and today (Sunday) too. I wasn’t sure if I would have time to make it down to the harbor, but I managed to get there. It was a welcome mental break.

P&O ship, Aurora:


Is this your truck?


Maunawili turning:


Bow detail:

Maunawili bow detail

No smoking:

no smoking

Walking back into town, I spotted this beaver weather vane:

beaver weather vane

It was a rather curious thing to see.

Interesting pattern on a palm tree trunk reminded me of a zebra: