Owned and operated by a local Hawaiian family for over 35 years.
As you are planning your vacation to Beautiful Kauai, we invite you to spend half a day with us on Catamaran Kahanu. Captain Lani and crew share an intimate Hawaiian ocean experience of our rich heritage and history of our ancestors and places we call home.
Aloha Welcome! Come, take off your shoes, sit back and relax as we take you to see the Nai'a - playful spinning porpoises and dolphins, the Hawaiian green sea turtle - Honu, the Kohola - humpback whales December through April, cascading waterfalls, the mystical sea caves, pristine valleys, and the grandeur of the Na Pali Coast. Enjoy this opportunity to breathe in the gentle sea breeze, swim or snorkel in the warm waters of Nualolo Kai (weather permitting) surrounded by tropical reef fish, see a Honu - Hawaiian green sea turtle, and have a delicious lunch with soft drinks after being in the cool waters while on board, Catamaran Kahanu.
Since 1985, Captain Lani Swain and his wife Debbie have committed their lives to sharing the beauty of the Na Pali coast with visitors and their families from all over the world. Through their combined expertise they have sustained Catamaran Kahanu throughout the years.
An ocean man, Captain Lani loves surfing, fishing, sailing catamarans, and almost anything you can do in, on, or under the ocean. With over fifty years of ocean maritime experience and a lifetime of working and playing in the ocean you know you will have a safe and enjoyable tour on Kahanu. Captain Lani’s first priority when guest are onboard Kahanu is their safety. Captain Lani has been operating catamarans since 1971, and his pride and joy, is “Catamaran Kahanu”. When you ask him about work he will often say, “It’s another beautiful day at the office!” Captain Lani has a little gruff exterior but underneath you will find a man who lives aloha by showing love and respect for his kupuna, his ‘ohana, and this aina he calls home.
The sweet nahenahe voice you hear when you call Catamaran Kahanu is Debbie Uilani Swain. Your first point of contact with Catamaran Kahanu, she is there to answer any of your questions about our tours. Debbie lives aloha and shares it with everyone she comes in contact with. You will find her visiting the various island orientations sharing her knowledge about the island of Kauai and her Hawaiian culture with the malihini (visitors). Debbie has spent her entire career in guest service relations. She enjoys meeting people from around the world and sharing her knowledge about Kauai and Hawaiian culture with them. She also enjoys dancing hula to relax and continue to perpetuate her Hawaiian culture and her love of her family.
Captain Lani and Debbie express appreciation for all the blessings akua (God) has provided them from their ‘ohana to their employees along with the wonderful visitors who choose to spend their precious vacation time with Catamaran Kahanu.