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Boat captain speared by swordfish in Hawaii harbor dies

Posted: May 29, 2015 1:48 PM HST Updated: Jun 01, 2015 6:30 AM HST

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KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Kona fishing charter boat captain is dead after he was speared by a swordfish. The freak accident happened just before 11 a.m. at Honokohau harbor in Kailua-Kona. Hawaii police identified the victim as 47-year-old Randy Llanes of Kailua-Kona.

According to the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Llanes spotted a broadbill swordfish swimming in the back area of the harbor near the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) harbor office.

DOBOR staff and witnesses say he jumped into the water and speared the fish. The fish then reportedly struck the man in the chest with its sharp bill. He was pulled by onlookers from the harbor and was unresponsive.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation was administered until the Hawaii Fire Department arrived. He was transported by ambulance to Kona Community Hospital. Hawaii Police Department officers responded and took statements from witnesses. DLNR Division of Conservation and Resources officers are also investigating.

The fish measured about 3 feet long, with a bill length of about 3 feet, and weighed about 40 pounds.

YouTube video of Honokohau Harbor.


A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Llanes' family. To make a donation, click here

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Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2015 20:27

Hawaii Aloha Off The Beach

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This is a Blog about a good friend and fellow

Captain, Ann Ford.

Ann was Captain of the

"Hawaii Aloha."

a 75 foot ketch.




After a beautiful missionary sail in Micronesia the "Hawaii Aloha" came

back to Hawaii. What happen after that can be been in this Blog

Hawaii Aloha Off The Beach

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 8:08 pm

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Hawaii Aloha came ashore right here in the early hours of January 3rd 2015 after being rolled in large seas.  All but one crew made it safely ashore.  She was searched thoroughly for seaman Aaron Bremner to no avail, with coast guard and Fire and Rescue searching diligently along the Kona coast for 4 days before calling off the search.  Now just seven days after the tragic event, Hawaii Aloha is no more.  She has been completely removed from the beach and now lies in a landfill.

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YWAM Ships Kona remains very grateful for the tremendous effort by all who searched for Aaron and rescued the crew from the viking 20 man life raft.  We are especially grateful for the kindness and professional manner in which our crew and YWAM volunteers were treated.  Thanks goes to Dan Mersberg and Ed Underwood of the Department of Land and Natural Resources for their efforts to quickly remove the vessel before any fuel made its way to the ocean.



If you would like to help us through this time here are a few ways

Clean up expenses. Help us cover salvage expenses

Give to the Aaron Bremner Memorial Fund to replace the Hawaii Aloha.

Volunteer your time with us in Kona or Panama

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YWAM Ship Hawaii Aloha Grounded

The President of the Marshall Islands has sent his condolences to the family of Aaron Bremner, a crew member of the YWAM ship Hawaii Aloha, who was killed in a storm on January 3. Last year, Aaron and the rest of the ship’s crew came to the Marshall Islands with supplies for the poor. Said President Christopher Loeak, “My country was very fortunate last year to have been a part of this YWAM outreach program that successfully delivered medical and educational initiatives to many of our people in the remote outer islands of the Republic.”

President Loeak with Aaron Bremner

President Loeak with Aaron Bremner

The Hawaii Aloha, a 75-foot ketch, was wrecked in an early-January storm four miles offshore from the Big Island of Hawaii. After receiving a National Weather Service alert the previous night, the five-person crew headed six miles out to sea to outlast the dangerous conditions. The ship was cutting into rough waves approximately four miles from shore when a series of large waves hit the vessel broadside, flipping it twice. The crew shot off flares. Four of the crew were rescued but the rescue effort was unable to locate Aaron Bremner.

The vessel was loaded with supplies to depart for Christmas Island. YWAM Ships exists to reach the most isolated and disadvantaged islands through medical, dental, clean water systems and educational initiatives. This is the first marine tragedy in YWAM’s decades of service.

Aaron, age 24, was set for his second deployment to Christmas Island. His first voyage to Micronesia in 2014 resulted in over 3,500 health and training outcomes delivered to some of the world’s most isolated islands.

YWAM Ships Hawaii Aloha SalvageAaron’s mother, Charlene Calish, attended a memorial service in Kona, Hawaii for her son and said, “YWAM Ships Kona was the way Aaron chose to live out his passion and life’s mission of loving God’s people all around the world.” She also encouraged people to give to a fund that will replace the vessel. “This would help bring healing to the family,” she said.

To give to the fund to salvage the Hawaii Aloha and replace it with a new vessel, please go to

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Seamanship Class in Honolulu

The Honolulu Sail and Power Squadron, a local unit of the United States Power Squadrons® is offering the advanced boating course, Seamanship, on March 14, 2012 in beautiful Waikiki.

This course. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and consists of nine sessions, with the first class starting on March 14, 2012 and with the last class on May 9, 2012. Please call Ellis Abram, education officer, at 808-255-3373 or visit the website for location information and to sign up.  You may also fill out this form to sign up for the class.

This Seamanship course is a natural first/next step in building a foundation for confidence and competence for safe and enjoyable boating on the water. It extends the knowledge and skills of the boater in handling and maneuvering a vessel, either sail or power. The course provides a better understanding of how boats behave under various conditions including close quarters and open water operations. Knowledge and skills are increased in the areas of anchoring, emergencies, rules of the road, and marlinspike/basic knots.

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 March 2012 10:57

77 Years Later, Yacht Repeats Win in Trans-Pacific Race

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77 Years Later, Yacht Repeats Win in Trans-Pacific Race

Honolulu Advertiser

Dorade's owner, Matt Brooks, was told that the yacht, pictured near Diamond Head in Hawaii in 1936, was a “piece of antique furniture” and that “it couldn’t be done.”

It took a thousand or so miles of sailing with the long, powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean for Hannah Jenner, a rising star in ocean racing, to get comfortable in this year’s Transpacific Yacht Race. Jenner, a 31-year-old from Britain, is used to racing ultralight 40-footers across oceans. But in the Transpac this month, Jenner was sailing Dorade, a 52-foot wooden sailboat from 1930 that is trimmed in varnished mahogany and adorned with polished bronze hardware.

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Brooks said, “What we found was that the boat loves the ocean,” 77 years later.

Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing

Dorade’s finishing time in the Transpac race this year was 12 days 5 hours 23 minutes 18 seconds, knocking more than a day off the boat’s 1936 run.

“When I first was asked, I said: ‘Really? How old is this boat? Isn’t it going to break?’ ” Jenner said. “I’m used to boats that become more stable the faster they go. This boat rolls like crazy. It’s like learning all over again.”

Dorade, considered the forebear of modern ocean racing yachts, won the 2,225-nautical-mile Transpac race from Los Angeles to Honolulu in 1936. And 77 years later, the slender white hull with tall spruce masts rolled to victory again, beating the most modern carbon-fiber ocean racers to win its division and the overall King Kalakaua Trophy.

Racing classic wooden yachts is not unusual, but the sailing is often restricted to coastal day racing around buoys. Dorade’s owner, Matt Brooks, has a more ambitious goal of racing his yacht in all the great ocean races the boat won in the 1930s and ’40s. He said he was told that the Dorade was a “piece of antique furniture” and that “it couldn’t be done,” but Brooks and his crew received the overall winner’s trophy for the Transpac on Thursday, which should silence skeptics.

“What we found was that the boat loves the ocean,” said Brooks, who bought the boat in 2010 for $880,000. “You can tell she’s doing what she loves to do.”

Dorade was designed in 1929 by Olin Stephens, one of sailing’s most successful designers. The yawl was design No. 7 for the fledgling firm Sparkman and Stephens in Manhattan. Stephens, then 21, and his brother Rod were at the helm when the mahogany-planked, engineless boat made its first mark in the history books, winning the 1931 Transatlantic Race. Small and powerful, Dorade beat the traditional schooners of the time. The designer and his crew received a ticker-tape parade upon their return to New York, and the win set the stage for Stephens’s long career.

Dorade’s finishing time in the Transpac race this year was 12 days 5 hours 23 minutes 18 seconds, knocking more than a day off the boat’s 1936 run. The greatest distance covered in a day, or best 24-hour run, was 224 miles in 1936, but 203 miles this year.

Handicap rules used for offshore racing allow boats of different sizes and types to compete in the same race with time allowances and staggered starts. Figuring in those allowances, Dorade’s adjusted time of 5 days 12 hours 20 minutes 55 seconds beat Roy P. Disney’s modern 70-footer Pyewacket, which had an adjusted time of 5 days 14 hours 51 minutes 21 seconds. Dorade started a week earlier than Pyewacket, which finished the course in 8 days 15 hours 41 minutes 3 seconds.

“The whole idea of a boat like Dorade pulling this off has great benefits,” Disney said, referring to the publicity the win has attracted.

He added that he hoped more classic boats would race in the next Transpac. Disney said he had considered racing the wooden maxi yacht Windward Passage, which broke the course record in 1971, a result often called the Transpac’s greatest performance.

Brooks’s schedule for Dorade is primarily an attempt to recreate history. The list of races includes the Newport Bermuda Race, the Transatlantic Race and the Fastnet Race. Dorade raced in the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, finishing sixth in its class. Brooks has his sights set on another Newport Bermuda Race in 2014, followed by the 2015 Transatlantic and Fastnet Races.

For this year’s Transpac race, Brooks and his crew spent last winter in San Francisco and Los Angeles testing different sails, navigation equipment and sailing techniques while racking up more than a thousand miles of ocean sailing. Dorade is the oldest boat to race and win the Transpac, but Brooks treated the yacht like any other top racing program in the fleet.

Brooks had new masts designed and built, in spruce, to handle the additional stresses of new laminated, aramid fiber sails. The hull, which was slightly asymmetrical as a result of its age, was faired and re-scanned. Some of the best sailors in the world were brought in to round out the seven-person crew, including an America’s Cup navigator and an around-the-world race skipper.

“The boat was extremely well sailed,” said Robbie Haines, an Olympic gold medalist who was a helmsman aboard Pyewacket. “Though it’s disappointing to us, part of me kind of likes seeing Dorade win.”

What Jenner and the rest of Dorade’s crew learned on their two-week sojourn was that the genius of the boat’s design and how the sailors in the 1930s skillfully sailed her never go out of style.

“It was definitely a new style of steering,” Jenner said. “Everything all of us know we had to forget and go to the old school type of sailing.”

The crew watched old films of Olin Stephens steering a rocking and rolling Dorade in the 1931 Transatlantic and holding the tiller steady in the center of the boat. By the end of this Transpac, Jenner said, they were all steering the same way as Stephens.

Brooks and the navigator Matt Wachowicz added to the historical realism by practicing celestial navigation all the way to Hawaii.

“We wanted to complete the historic circle,” said Brooks, who is a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, the same club that had James Flood, the boat’s 1936 owner, as a member. “We were within a mile or so of the GPS course.”

Despite the unruly motion of the narrow hull, Jenner said Dorade offered benefits over boats like Pyewacket.

“On this boat there are actually bunks with cushions as opposed to sleeping on sails,” she said. “It’s also bizarrely silent down below a wooden boat, but you can hear creaking and cracking noises, which was a little unsettling.”

Few boats have as grand a history as Dorade’s, but Brooks hopes to prove a point with the boat.

“I hope this win will make people sit up and take notice that these boats can still do what they were designed to do,” he said. “They shouldn’t be restricted to dockside museum pieces.”




Keehi Marina Destroyed by 2011 Tsunami

Photos by Kenneth Rupnow

Three docks were ripped away which were securing 100 boats at the Keehi Marina when the Tsunami hit at 3 a.m. in the morning.  Two of the three piers were completely ripped away from their mooring.

The vessel Waimanalo sank, and had just recently been upgraded with $5,000 of new rigging.  The owner remains optimistic she can be raised and repaired.

There are over 100 boats in Keehi Lagoon (essentially all of Keehi Marine Center and La Mariana) that are looking for new slips. Contact the Keehi Marine Center to offer assistance.

Visit the Keehi Marina page.

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