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Fair Wind receives Pualu Community Service, SBA awards

Puhi, Mendy and Alex Dant with their Pualu Award. (Photo courtesy of Fair Wind)


Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides’ efforts to share important and little known information about Keauhou’s famed manta rays and the company’s respect for the ocean and its environment has been acknowledged by the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce with the Chamber’s 2011 Pualu Award for Environmental Awareness.

Established in 1979, the annual Pualu awards honor outstanding individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations in West Hawaii for their dedication and hard work in the community.

Fair Wind was also acknowledged by the Small Business Administration as the 2011 award-winner in the Family Owned Small Business category in Hawaii County.

The SBA awards recognize small-business owners, advocates and entrepreneurs who show business skills and tenacity to excel in their industry, according to the SBA.

“For 40 years, Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides has set the bar for quality ocean activities for residents and visitors to Hawaii Island,” Fair Wind Vice President Mendy Dant said. “It is exciting for us at this particular juncture to be recognized by both the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration with these awards, which are made possible through the enterpeneurship of our father and perseverance, vision and dedication of the second generation as well as the talent, knowledge and dedication of our employees.”

About Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides

Since 1971, Fair Wind has offered snorkeling and scuba diving excursions to pristine locations along the Keauhou-Kona Coast. Fair Wind’s award-winning tradition of excellence and aloha has earned the company a reputation as the first choice among residents and visitors for ocean adventure.

The Fair Wind II, with capacity for 100 guests, is a custom-built, 60-foot aluminum catamaran with covered deck, trademark tri-colored striped sail, two 15-foot water slides, high jump platform, on-board restrooms, grill area, freshwater showers, and a staircase descending directly into the water for easy water access.

The more exclusive and intimate Hula Kai, with capacity for just 42, caters to snorkel and dive enthusiasts, going to many spectacular locations along the remote south Kona Coast. This 55-foot Technicraft hydrofoil catamaran is packed with first-class amenities such as individual theater-style seats for panoramic views during every excursion.

Hula Kai also has two fresh-water showers, two rest-rooms and a large commercial grill used to prepare gourmet meals. The Fair Wind Rewards Club allows ocean adventurers to collect points valid for discounts on future ocean activity bookings.

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