Can Kandoo Do It?

Kandoo Island, the new ocean activities center moored three miles off Waikiki, has stopped operations


Kandoo Island, the new ocean activities center moored three miles off Waikiki, has stopped operations -- at least for the time being.

"We are off the water temporarily," said Kandoo Island spokesperson Tara Coomans.

Kandoo made its debut on Aug. 4, one month later than originally planned.

"That month was very costly from a capital and resources standpoint," said Coomans. "We hope to be back on the water in another couple of weeks, but right now, we don’t have an exact date."

Kandoo went dark on Aug. 11 and laid off nearly all of its 200 employees.

"We feel confident that we can do this, but it will take some time to get back up and running," Coomans said.

With a 98-ton steel catamaran as its center of operations, Kandoo billed itself as a one-stop shop for water sport and ocean adventures, including snorkeling, scuba diving, scuba-bobs, sailing lessons, jet skis, para-sailing and other aquatic excursions. =

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