About us and our Kurt Hughes 36 sailing catamaran

Captain Eric and Capt Yumi

PARADISE SAILING HAWAII is a local small business, family owned and operated by captains Eric and Yumi Wakely. After 20 years of running boats for other charter businesses in Hawaii, we have launched our own company.  Our mission is to provide a SAILING oriented charter opportunity on a comfortable size, fast, modern catamaran with plenty of space for our guests to stretch out and relax.  Our Kurt Hughes 36, Kōlea, has plenty of shade, nice clean toilet facilities, ample seating and tables with drink holders. We don’t care for being herded onto a big “cattle-maran” any more than our guests do.  We specifically chose our 36′ x 24′ Kurt Hughes designed cat because she is the perfect size boat for a small to medium size group of up to 24 passengers max.


Our boat, KŌLEA, is named after the Hawaiian word for the Pacific Golden Plover, a migratory bird that travels between Hawaii and Alaska every year.  It is said that the Kolea helped guide the first Polynesians to discover the Hawaiian Islands in ancient times.

For more information about this amazing bird, check out this site:


Our Kurt Hughes 36′ Catamaran

KH36 Sailing Catamaran Kolea


Our 36′ Kurt Hughes designed sailing catamaran, Kōlea, is one of the newest vessels on the big island.  USCG certified to carry up to 24 passengers, her modern design and light weight provide excellent stability, comfort and sailing performance. The comfortable open layout of this purpose built charter catamaran means plenty of deck space for guests and easy access to all parts of the boat.

KOLEA sails exceptionally well in the light wind that Kona is known for.  With her deep dagger boards and slender hulls, she can sail as close to the wind as any mono-hull sailboat, but faster and more comfortably.  Having a wide beam of 24′ and ample wing-deck clearance, she cuts through choppy water and provides a smooth comfortable ride without the “pounding” and “hobby horse” characteristics that older catamaran designs are know to exhibit.  Kolea has a modern fractional rig, high roach full batten main and a self tacking jib on a “Camber Spar”.  She  is very easy to sail and guests are welcome to take the helm and experience this for themselves.

For more information on Kurt Hughes Catamaran designs, please check out his web site:  http://www.multihulldesigns.com/

Sailing Kona in comfort

During a major refit in 2015, we did everything we could to make Kolea one of the most comfortable charter boats on the Big Island.

Features include:Kurt Hughes 36 catamaran deck

  • A large (8′ x 16′) shade top over the main seating area

  • Clean comfortable restroom facilities

  • Cushioned seating and custom tables

  • Nets at the front of the boat for lounging

  • Spacious open deck layout

  • Fresh water shower



Kurt Hughes 36 yacht


Kurt Hughes 36 design Kolea Hawaii


Paradise Sailing Hawaii, Honokohau Marina Slip J24, 74-380 Kealakehe Pkwy, , Kailua Kona, HI 96740, United States (US) - Phone: (808) 883-0399