Defend and DestROI 2018

The “Defend and DestROI” dive tournament was created to protect and preserve Hawaii’s reefs and native fish from invasive species such as Ta’ape, To’au, and Hawaii’s most threatening fish, the Roi.

Since being introduced to Hawaii in 1956 from Mo’orea, the Roi has overpopulated the reefs and preyed on the juvenile native fish species. One adult Roi can consume upwards of 140 native fish per year.

In addition to destroying our reef and native species, Roi can cause serious illness in people who consume it. Roi is also one of the known carriers of ciguatera, a toxin produced by dinoflagellates that attacks the human nervous system and can result in serious side effects.

Roi, Ta’ape, and To’au are damaging Hawaii’s already compromised reef ecosystem and the community must work together to control their population explosion so that the fish and reefs can be safeguarded can.

The purpose of this event is to work with divers and fishermen to eradicate as many as these invasives as possible so the native Hawaiian species can thrive and flourish for generations to come.


Proceeds from the event will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu. 

DATE: June 23, 2018
MORNING CHECK-IN TIME: 6AM WAIPIO COSTCO PARKING LOT BEHIND FAST LUBE. Packets will be available for pickup at check-in.
LOCATION: Oahu Island Wide – (Swim Out or Kayak ONLY)
CHECK-IN/WEIGH‐IN LOCATION: Neil Blaisdell Exhibition Hall during the Hawaii Ocean Expo near parking structure side entrance (follow signs).  Parking pass included in registration fee. P



ENTRY FEE (Includes 1 Lunch, 1 T‐Shirt & 1 Free Prize Table Raffle): 

·  EARLY BIRD ‐ $60 per diver / $120 per team

·  $75 per diver / $150 per team (After May 15th)

No refunds by June 9th

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 18th ‐ All competitors must register online no later than June 18th. NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Late entries will be returned.

Visit your local dive shop for tournament rules, but must register online.

Partners must register online on same day.

This tournament is centered on ocean preservation. All invasive species (Roi, Toau, Ta’ape) are the main target for this tournament. 


Kokua For Big Island

A donation drive for Pu’uhonua O Puna.
#puuhonuaopuna is an information and supply hub set up to help individuals displaced by the recent lava activities. 🌋🙏🏽
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Accepting Donations
MONDAY 5/28 thru THURSDAY 05/31
❗ Larger Donations to
815C Waiakamilo Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96817
8AM – 2PM
❗ Smaller Donations to
KNOW1 at Windward Mall
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
10AM – 9PM
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Camping Tents, Sleeping Bags, Air Mattress, Backpacks, Pillow Cases, Water Jugs, AAA Batteries, Mosquito Nets, Respirator Masks and Cartridges, Cots, Folding Chairs, Dog Food, Cat Food, Cat Litter, Deodorant, Dish Soap, Baby Powder, Tarp, Ponchos, Can Openers, Canned Goods, Tupperware, Vaseline, Camping Stoves, Gauze Wraps, Headlights, Flashlights, Bandages and Water
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Please Share, #Repost, etc! #PrayForPuna#KokuaForBigIsland #KokuaForHawaii#BeAboutIt #Alohalife #PunaStrong#StayClassyPuna #DefendHawaii

Memorial Day Weekend Sale

For all of our defenders through the generations, a remembrance of those who served 🇺🇸.

Memorial Day Weekend Sale @ SHOP.DEFENDHAWAII.COM ‼️ 30%-50% OFF everything. Use promocode “HONOR” at checkout to receive your discount.

We have an updated sale category with slippers, boardshorts, headwear & more.

Support local, #DefendHawaii & honor those who defend ours.

#memorialdayweekend #memorialday #memorialday2018 #defenders #sale #alohalife #alohafriday #defendworldwide #honor #defendtheland


Don’t let the beach boy culture die…

They took the land, they took aloha they took the Queen even though they didn’t know her. Now they want to take away our Waikiki Beach Boys? #Auwe#DefendHawaii #WaikikiBeachBoys


Imagine a Waikiki without “The beach boys, the Hawaiians, the originals” Waikiki is a part of the beach boys and the beach boys are a part of Waikiki! Without one the other cannot exist.

Would you even trust a person/ company who has no prior surf stand experience to run Kuhio beach? (Prior experience is one of the requirements that was set by the city, by the way.) That is what could happen if this new company comes in and takes over, not to mention the ending of an era that makes Waikiki, Waikiki.

More info:”Tuesday, Waikiki Surf stands Star Beachboys and Hawaiian Oceans will be taken over by Dive Oahu. Its a move that could jeopardize the tradition that is the Waikiki Beach Boys.

Like Alika Willis, who is a third generation beach boy. He says their laid-back, easy going lifestyle comes through in their style of instruction.

“It’s not a job,” said fellow Waikiki Beach Boy, Kevin Okimoto. “It’s a lifestyle.”

They both say that lifestyle could be gone once the new management takes over.

Every five years, the stand owners have to bid for a contract with the city of Honolulu. This time, Dive Oahu was awarded both concessions.

Dive Oahu’s owner, Brian Benton, said after he officially takes over the sports on Tuesday, anyone is welcome to apply for a job. He expects new employees to abide by the same standards set for current ones, which includes a professional attitude, set work schedules, drug tests and uniforms.

A dress code is not something current Beach Boys like.

“He wants to dress us up like a Disney Land-type worker with a collared shirt and brown khaki shorts and name tags and that’s just not us,” said Willis.

“If they come on the beach, the tradition of the Beach Boys is over,” said Aaron Rutledge, owner of Star Beachboys.

He says the city’s never offered a dive company to make a bid before, and is upset that they allowed Dive Oahu to proceed.

Other beach boys, like 50-year veteran Aki, says a management change could scare away customers.

“I have a lot of customers come back to me,” he said. “We have the experience. We have the qualifications. We have the safety. We have everything.”

Waikiki Beach Boys plan to fight the city’s decision. They also filed a restraining order with a local judge to prevent Dive Oahu from taking over. As of Saturday evening, they are still waiting for the judge’s response.”

-KITV news article


Kilauea, Big island

The number of homes destroyed by Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano jumped to 35 Monday night as scientists reported lava spewing more than 200 feet into the air.

Some of the more than 1,700 people who evacuated prepared for the possibility they may not return for quite some time.

Hawaii officials said the decimated homes were in the Leilani Estates subdivision, where molten rock, toxic gas and steam have been bursting through openings in the ground created by the volcano. Officials updated the number of lost homes after an aerial survey of the subdivision.

“That number could change,” Hawaii County spokeswoman Janet Snyder said.

Since the eruptions started Thursday night, at least 12 fissures have opened up across the community — one of which sent lava fountains soaring as high as 200+ feet in the air over the weekend. Authorities say so far at least 35 structures have been destroyed, including at least 26 homes.