The Ho’o Maika’i: Perfect for Kauai Ocean Fishing
When deciding what boat would be best for the Kauai conditions Captain Lance had only one boat in mind. The Ho’o Maika’i is a 30×10 foot Wilson built in Santa Barbara California for the rough waters of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands. This boat rides like no other boat in the Kauai fishing fleet.
The most important thing to the Captain is the safety of his guests. Of almost equal importance is the comfort of each person on the trip. The Ho’o Maika’i is one of the most stable boats on island, making it not only a safe boat, but one that rides better in the water. Her capabilities to out fish many of the fishing fleet have everything to do with her boat style. The Wilson are work horses.
Powered with two diesel motors and 400 horse power she is safe, stable, and clean. She is also equipped with up-to-date electronics and top of the line fishing gear. Her maintenance record is impeccable, which becomes readily apparent when you see how clean and well-kept she is.
The seating on this boat is arranged so that our guests get a more personal experience with Captain Lance and the techniques he uses in catching fish. The feeling is intimate enough to carry on an easy conversation with Captain, but roomy enough to allow for a sense of space and comfort.
Ho’o Maika’i translates to thanksgiving in the English language. We at Ohana Fishing Charters are truly thankful for the blessings this boat has brought us and our guests.
Questions? Call us at (808) 635-8442.
With over 30 years of experience, Lance Keener’s journey has taken him from the Santa Barbara Channel Islands to the Northern Marianas Islands to the Hawaiian Islands. Having spent his entire life in and around the ocean, fishing is in Lance’s blood.Lance began his career in the fishing industry at age 14, scrubbing boats in Santa Barbara Harbor so the other captains would take him fishing. The captains must have seen something special in the kid with a keen desire to be on the open ocean. Before long, Lance got his first job working on the deck of a commercial boat. By the age of 19, Lance had his Master 100 Ton Captain License and began running some of the boats he grew up working on. Lance was soon sought out by a water sports company based on the island of Saipan, where he worked for four years. His time in Saipan exposed him to big game fishing using productive Micronesian fishing techniques. With this knowledge, he was jump-started as a world-class fishing captain at the ripe old age of 23.
Job offers came in from all over the world, and 20 years ago Captain Lance chose Kauai as the place to settle down and plant roots. Lance’s close relationship with local fisherman over the years has taught him traditional Hawaiian methods and provided him with insight into some of the most cutting edge fishing techniques in the world.
Captain Lance offers a unique experience you will never forget. His unique perspective on fishing comes from a diverse background that has taken him from one end of the Pacific to the other. His genuine excitement for the sport combined with a take-it-as-it-comes attitude makes a trip with him a memorable experience.
Whether you’re a seasoned fisherman, a first timer looking for a new adventure, or are interested in taking the family out for a day of deep sea fishing and fun, you’ve got the right Captain!
Best fishing charter I have ever gone with…and I’ve fished a lot! Lance is super friendly and very knowledgeable. We hammered 13 yellow fin in just a few hours. Others were getting skunked on the same day. I’m coming back just to fish Ohana again!
Lance is an amazing captain and Edward was a great co-captain. Not only did I catch a ton of fish but they catered to my every need. What a class act. I will use them next year when I return. Do your self a favor call them first.
Lance and crew delivered an awesome day of fishing….nice yellow fin tuna, skipjack, and big eye. Nice boat, super crew, and clearly Lance knows where the fish are and what they’re biting on. Highly recommend these guys! My 7 year old boy had a great time too, and they helped him reel in his first tuna 😀
We he a great time with Capt Lance and V we caught fish which is always a plus. I will definetly book another trip with these guys on our next visit to Kaua
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