PILOT BOAT NININI, NAWILIWILI, KAUAI, HAWAII, FEBRUARY 23, 2013
Pentax 18-135 at 53mm
Tiny but speedy watercraft bouncing over high swells after they pick up the harbor pilot always make a fine photo opportunity aboard cruise ships. I shot the pilot boat Ninini from the promenade deck of the Holland-America vessel Zaandam during a Hawaiian vacation last month. LATER: In 2009, a Ninini pilot transferring from the cruise ship Island Princess missed his footing, fell overboard and was killed by the pilot boat's propellers. Piloting can be a very hazardous undertaking, especially in the treacherous entry to Nawiliwili harbor.