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NAUPAKA
Photo by: John Wilson

Built in 1983, by Marco Shipbuilding Incorporated of Seattle, Washington (hull #457) as the Naupaka for the Mid-Pacific Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 1998, the tug was acquired by the Smith Maritime Company Honolulu, Hawaii. Which was a part of the Hawaiian Interisland Towing Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where she retained her name.

In 2007, the Smith Maritime Company was acquired by the K-Sea Transportation Partnership of East Brunswick, New Jersey. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2011, the K-Sea Transportation Partnership was acquired by the Kirby Corporation of Channelview, Texas. Where the tug retained her name.

In 2016, she was acquired by the P and R Water Taxi Company of Honolulu, Hawaii. Where the tug was renamed as the Kaku.

She is a twin screw tug, rated at 800 horsepower.


  • Vessel Name: NAUPAKA
  • USCG Doc. No.: 661812
  • Vessel Service: TOWING VESSEL
  • Trade Indicator: Coastwise Unrestricted, Registry
  • Call Sign: WDD9357
  • Hull Material: STEEL
  • Hull Number: 457
  • Ship Builder: MARCO SHIPBUILDING
  • Year Built: 1983
  • Length: 69.5
  • Hailing Port: HONOLULU, HI.
  • Hull Depth: 13.5
  • Hull Breadth: 26.6
  • Gross Tonnage: 96
  • Net Tonnage: 65
  • Owner:
    P & R WATER TAXI LLC
    123 AHUI STREET PO BOX 2851
    HONOLULU, HI 96815
  • Previous Vessel Names:
    NAUPAKA, NAUPAKA
  • Previous Vessel Owners:
    Mid-Pacific Towing Co., HAWAIIAN INTER ISLAND TOWING INC, K-SEA HAWAII INC, K-SEA HAWAII INC, STACY AKANA, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC, P & R WATER TAXI LLC