Harbor scale has new operator

KAILUA-KONA — Fishermen wanting to haul in and weigh their catch at Honokohau Harbor are able to do so after a two-week hiatus.

The scale’s previous operator, Charter Desk LLC, closed its doors and changed the locks to the hoist and scale on Sept. 24.

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Amber Hudnall, who managed the location, said the owners of The Charter Desk notified her on the day they decided to close the Kona operation and immediately liquidated all of the office furnishings.

“They kicked out the employees, sold everything and left town with the keys,” said Hudnall who worked for the company for 13 years.

Because the locks had been changed on the scale and storefront, fishermen were unable to weigh their catch, obtain catch tags or have photos taken of their fish.

The lease for The Charter Desk was set to expire in November.

A representative of the company, who didn’t want to be identified when reached by phone on Oahu, said when they closed their retail store the scale and hoist were locked because of liability issues. She said that The Charter Desk owned the equipment and didn’t want to take the risk of someone who didn’t know how to operate the equipment hurting themselves.

The building’s leaseholder, Kona Marine Holdings, said it was able to negotiate with The Charter Desk to obtain the keys to the scale and hoists, and on-call operations for the weighing service that resumed on Oct. 8.

Rey Rubalcava, owner of Miss Mojo Charter Fishing Boat, will be taking over the space Nov. 1 under the name Kona Charter Desk.

Kona Charter Desk will provide charter bookings, weigh-ins, fish hoisting, photos, catch tags and more.

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A sign on the vacant storefront provides phone numbers to call to have fish weighed between now and Nov. 1.

For more information call Kona Charter Desk at 264-2495.

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