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About Us

Who We Are

We are a family-owned, eco-friendly sailing charter business playing on the waters of the idyllic Kohala Coast on Hawai‘i Island. Capt. Steve Turner is at the helm of Riva, his beloved 34-foot Islander, a sleek and seaworthy sloop that he’s sailed across the Pacific Ocean between Hawai‘i and North America several times, around all the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico and the great Inside Passage of the Pacific Northwest. Kohala Blue is owned by Steve and his wife, “first-and-last mate” Jessica who joined him on many a sailing adventure. He is an experienced and well-respected mariner, with more than 28 years as a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton licensed skipper with a sail endorsement, an exemplary safety record, and plenty of sea stories to share! Jessica has a day job, but occasionally crews on the weekends. We previously owned and operated Kohala Sail & Sea which we are proud to say that when we sold Kohala Sail and Sea  we had 70 five star reviews listed on Trip Advisor. We sold Kohala Sail & Sea in the summer of 2018.

What We Do

We offer share boat or private whale-watching sailing tours and sunset cruises aboard Riva, our 34-foot Islander sloop, for groups of six or less. We cater to your preferences, from romantic sunset sails for two, family-friendly snorkel trips, or just a special sailing getaway where you can enjoy BYOB boat drinks in the warm Hawaiian sunshine. We know how to float your boat and are guaranteed to provide an experience on the water that puts a smile on your face, and memories you will cherish for a lifetime.

Where We Do It

Kohala Blue is located in Hawai‘i’s newest harbor, Kawaihae South, and operates in the protected waters of the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on the northwest coast of the Island of Hawai‘i. We are mere minutes from all the Kohala Coast resorts: Mauna Kea, Hapuna, Mauna Lani, Fairmont Orchid, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kings’ Land,  and the Waikoloa Marriott. Kawaihae waters definitely  provide some of the best sailing in Hawaiian waters – a revelation Capt. Steve had when he worked there on the Waterworld movie in the early 1990s. Protected from steep seas and in the lee of the dormant Kohala volcano, Kawaihae has ample sea breezes generated by the land warming to fill our sails and move us across the water nicely, typically minus the wind chop and swell. We are also very  humbled  by our location below the Pu‘ukoholā Heiau – the temple built by King Kamehameha the First to fulfill his prophecy to unite all the Hawaiian Islands under his rule – and we share its significance on our charters. This powerful heiau, visible as we enter the harbor channel, is perhaps the most significant Hawaiian archaeological site in Hawaii and a National Historic Site managed today by the National Park Service.

How We Do It

Kohala Blue is dedicated to the protection of the beautiful Hawaiian environment, both above and below the water line. Using sails as our primary power, we are both eco-friendly by burning very little fuel, we are fairly quiet to marine life underwater when motoring, and are silent when under sail. We refuse to operate vessels with the disruptive, disorienting noise of a high RPM engine propellers that literally scream underwater for miles around them. We sail whenever we can because that silence underwater is extremely important in the ocean acoustical world, we don’t burn any fuel!

We utilize compostable utensils, reusable containers, and paper cups.

How We Feel

Capt. Steve and Jessica are avid conservationists who respect and cherish marine life. We fully support the rules about not harassing  Hawaiian spinner dolphins by swimming with them,driving through the pod,encouraging them to ride the bow,and don’t think they should ever have to get out of our way or breath our engine exhaust. for more information please check out

The spinner dolphins of Hawaii are under huge pressure during their sleep cycle because many boat operators put dollars before dolphins because of the great money involved,Please don’t love them to death by supporting “swim with dolphins” tours! Changing or disturbing the natural behavior of whales and dolphins is not proper or responsible wildlife viewing. We feel that when watching wildlife the natural behavior of the animals should not not be effected by our presence if possible.  A portion of all proceeds supports the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct-action conservation group known as the “Whale’s Navy.”