ALOHA FROM JENNIE: During the short drive along the coastline between the edge of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu's financial district, you'll see the harbor dotted with commercial vessels such as barges and container ships, floating restaurant and tour boats, fishing and tug boats, and even a cruise ship now and then.
The Falls of Clyde is a iron-hulled four-masted ship built in Scotland in the late 1800s. After two decades serving as a merchant ship throughout ports in India, Australia, and New Zealand, the vessel was sold to Matson Navigation which is how it came to the islands. She then spent a decade ferrying merchandise and passengers between the islands, as well as back and forth to San Francisco.
The boat was sold and converted to an oil tanker, transporting kerosene to Hawaii and molasses to California. She later spent time in Alaska as a fuel depot, and finally returned to the islands in 1963. Bishop Museum opened her to the public in the late 1960's, but hasn't been able to renovate the ship. A non-profit organization currently owns the vessel and began fundraising efforts this year with a $3 million goal, in order restore the Falls of Clyde and preserve it as a landmark. In the meantime, it's docked alongside the pier.
Kewalo Basin is a busy harbor renting slips to recreational, commercial fishing and charter boats; nearby hotels and restaurants overlook the landscape dotted with berthed crafts. The harbor is expected to be upgraded during the Kakaako redevelopment project, and is just part of that bustling region on Oahu.