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Since 1985, Captain Lani Swain and his wife Debbie have committed their lives to sharing the beauty of the Nä Pali coast with visitors and their families from all over the world.  Through their combined expertise they have sustained Catamaran Kahanu throughout the years.

The sweet nahenahe voice you hear when you call Catamaran Kahanu is Debbie Uÿilani 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 Kauaÿi and Hawaiian culture with them.  She also enjoys dancing hula to relax and continue to perpetuate her Hawaiian culture. 

An ocean man, Captain Lani loves surfing, fishing, sailing catamarans, and almost anything you can do in, on, or under the ocean.  With over forty 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 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 küpuna, his ÿohana, and this ÿäina he calls home.

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.


Catamaran Kahanu     P.O.BOX 51006 Eleele, HI 96705     4353 Waialo Road Eleele, HI 96705     808-645-6176     888-213-7711 (toll free)      EMAIL US
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