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Fire destroys Haleiwa shark boat

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HALEIWA (HawaiiNewsNow) – A commercial tour boat owned and operated by North Shore Shark Adventures was destroyed by fire while docked in Haleiwa Harbor early Friday morning.

Investigators with the Honolulu Fire Department spent much of Friday examining what is left of the Kailolo looking for clues as to how the fire started sometime around 12:30 a.m.

As of late Friday afternoon they had not ruled out anything as a possible cause. It could have been an electrical short or some other kind of accident. But company owner Joe Pavsek doubts arson was the cause.

"I don't know how it could be. We've never been threatened, ever. And I've been in this harbor since 1972 and I've been running the shark tour commercially for ten years," Pavsek told Hawaii News Now.

The Kailolo was one of three vessels the company used to take customers three miles out of Haleiwa so they can get in an underwater cage and view sharks up close and personal.

The tours are very popular. They are also controversial. There has been heated debate about whether the tours attract sharks endangering surfers, swimmers, and divers.

Losing the Kailolo is a set-back, but it will not sink the company. North Shore Shark Adventures will continue to accommodate customers on its two other boats and may bring in a third from Lanai.

"It impacts out employees the most. That's what I'm going to do right now is work today, tomorrow to get another vessel so they can get back to work. They got families to feed, so that's the main thing right now," Pavsek said.

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