The Ocean Sports story began in July of 1981 with just two things… a good idea, and a card table on the beach. It was only one day after the new Sheraton opened up at Anaeho’omalu Bay, when Nick Craig (now, our Director of Sales) and I set up shop under a palm tree, and Ocean Sports became the official Ocean Recreation business on the beach.
In the beginning, we were focused on all the new “toys” which kept arriving daily. We couldn’t believe we were being paid to play with them (of course first, we had to learn how to use them)! We sailed on windsurfers and Hobie cats with our guests… and took scuba divers out on our inflatable zodiac to discover previously unexplored dive sites.
With the arrival of our flagship “Seasmoke” in August (she was sailed here in 1978 from California by our present Director of Boating Operations, Will Ward), we officially became a Boating Adventure Company.
Over the years, we’ve acquired and retired several boats… including the sailing catamarans Mea’u, and Moana Pua, our dive boat, Diver One, and monohulls, Intuition and Tapestry. We also acquired a few boats that are still in operation besides the Seasmoke… the catamarans, Alala and Manu Iwa, our Glass Bottom Boat, and Lani Kai.
And you can find us on land too… we’re the official water recreation company at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Hotel, and we have retail outlets at the Queen’s MarketPlace and in Kawaihae.
Though there’s work to be done behind the scenes, we do it together because it’s all part of the Ocean Sports Adventure.
As a locally owned and operated company, we live Aloha, and we live to share Aloha with each other and with you. We work hard to provide opportunities for growth for our employees… and our commitment to sharing our love for the ocean and Hawaii runs deep. Ocean Sports has always been about the friends we make, and the adventures we share!
Mahalo for being a part of the Ocean Sports ‘Ohana!
Ocean Sports President and CEO