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Fair Wind celebrating 40 years (Dec. 3)


On Saturday, Dec. 3, Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides celebrates 40 years of offering quality snorkel and dive excursions along the Kona coast.

The community is invited 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to enjoy 40-cent hot dogs and drinks, 40-cent shaved ice from Scandinavian Shaved Ice, live music featuring Ponchoman, and prize drawings for logo items and certificates valid for future adventures aboard the Fair Wind II or Hula Kai.

Those joining Fair Wind’s 40th anniversary celebration can also enjoy $4 boat rides. The Fair Wind II will depart Keauhou Bay hourly beginning at 10 a.m. for 45-minute excursions with Fair Wind II boasts two thrilling water slides and a high jump platform.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. and departing hourly until 12:30 p.m., guests may board the Hula Kai for a free 45-minute historical cruise.

“Fair Wind Big Island Ocean Guides has been through tsunamis, hurricanes and earthquakes,” Fair Wind Vice President Mendy Dant shares. “Through visitor industry ups and downs, through it all, we’ve remained committed to this community, to ocean awareness and preservation. We are happy to share this 40th milestone on Dec. 3 with our friends in the community and we look forward to seeing many of them there.”

Kamaaina with a valid Hawaii ID can register Dec. 3 for a free one-year membership in Fair Wind’s Kamaaina Club, a $25 value.

Kamaaina Club members are eligible for Fair Wind and Hula Kai cruise discounts plus gift shop discounts and early email notification of cruise specials offered from time to time throughout the year. Family and friends visiting a Kamaaina Club member are extended a special courtesy discount.

In addition to Fair Wind’s 40th Anniversary celebration, Fair Wind will be showcasing its newly renovated headquarters and retail shop, which were badly damaged in the tsunami that followed the devastating March 2011 earthquake in Japan. Unique retail items will be available for purchase and just in time for holiday shopping.

As guests of this unique underwater world, Fair Wind has always recognized that everyone is responsible for ocean and reef preservation and health. Fair Wind is proud to be part of an island-wide effort to help educate residents and visitors alike about ways in which they can help.

The company’s respect for the ocean and its environment was acknowledged by the Kona Kohala Chamber of Commerce with the Chamber’s 2011 Pualu Award for Environmental Awareness. Fair Wind also picked up the 2011 Business Administration Award in the category of Family Owned Small Business for Hawaii County.

Additionally Fair Wind has been recognized by Frommer’s Travel Guide, The Idiot’s Guide to Hawaii and the West Hawaii Readers’ Poll as the Best Snorkel Cruise on the Big Island.

Anniversary attendees are asked to park on the north side of Keauhou Bay at the bottom of Kamehameha III Road.

For further information, call 322-2788 or visit

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