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The Kalama Kai on the water
The Kalama Kai on the water

Chase the Horizon

Kainalu Brings You Kalama Kai


The high seas hold limitless adventure for the bold. Navigate the paths once pioneered by seafarers of Hawaii’s past aboard Kalama Kai, a 42-foot Yellowfin powerboat which pays homage to the first landowner of Kalāhuipua‘a. A namesake to Queen Kalama Hakaleleponi Kapakuhaili, Kalama Kai – meaning “light of the sea” – illuminates soulful voyages with timeless traditions and tales of Hawaii’s past. Glide across cobalt blue waters as Captain Vivas shares accounts of his sails across the Pacific, and gaze at the endless horizon as the sea is electrified by its stories.

  • Maximum occupancy of six

  • Offering exclusive snorkel and fishing adventures along the Kohala Coast

  • For inquiries and bookings, please contact us at

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The Kalama Kai's helm
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Person wearing snorkel diving into the ocean
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Explore the Reef

Bespoke Snorkeling Experiences

Beyond the white sand shallows of Mauna Lani’s “backyard,” ornate reef formations entangle with Black Triggerfish, Moray Eels and Manta Rays to curate an underwater museum that beckons to be explored. Grab a mask and slip on a pair of fins as you snorkel alongside the pro watermen and women of Kainalu Ocean Sports, who share the immeasurable value of the ocean and its creatures through immersive, one-of-a-kind experiences. This 180-minute excursion includes mask, fins, snacks and drinks, and breakfast or lunch is provided.

Whale Watching

The Return of the Koholā

Winters in Hawai’i provide new life and renewal within and around us. As our warm waters provide a safe place for sealife to care for their young, we welcome back the koholā, or Humpback whale, which roams the shallows of the Kohala Coast from Winter until Spring. As the koholā migrates thousands of miles from Alaska, survey the horizon for signs of Hawaii’s most majestic marine mammal aboard Kalama Kai.

The Kalama Kai's helm

Offshore Fishing

Renowned as one of the most fruitful spots for offshore fishing, the Kona Coast is home to bountiful waters teeming with marlin, mahimahi and more. Venture onto the open ocean aboard Kalama Kai to cast a line across waters once treasured by fishermen of the past and the present. Perfect your pole set-up and cast a line across rippling waters, scanning the horizon for signs of a fresh catch.

  • Minimum 240 minutes
  • Includes rods, reels and bait
  • Breakfast or lunch provided
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Open Charter

Create your own adventure as you embrace the mana, or spiritual energy, of the expansive Pacific Ocean. Personalize a one-of-a-kind journey that takes place across sparkling seascapes, embracing the joys of cultivating precious memories alongside loved ones. Plan an unforgettable engagement as the golden sun slips below the horizon, or host a family reunion infused with the aloha spirit.

  • Minimum 240 minutes
  • Breakfast, lunch or dinner provided

Captain Ikaika Vivas

About the Captain | Ikaika Vivas

Ikaika Vivas has sailed the coastlines of the Hawai’i since the age of five. Raised in Kaimū, Hawai’i, Captain Vivas fostered connections with his natural surroundings by hunting, fishing, diving, harvesting and sailing aboard Makali'i, a double-hulled voyaging canoe that deepened his passion for wayfaring. Early in his career, Captain Vivas embarked on a trans-Pacific journey aboard a wa'a (canoe) called Haunui. In the pursuit of deepening his cultural and nautical knowledge while learning about interconnected regions within the Pacific World, he spent two years sailing through Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, New Zealand and the Cook Islands. Previously a pro waterman on Mauna Lani’s ocean pursuits program, Kainalu Ocean Sports, Captain Vivas looks forward to sharing the timeless beauty of Hawai’i and its practices through stories, traditions and most of all, aloha.
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