Hawaii is a lot of things to a lot of people. To some, it’s a tropical getaway rife with lush beaches and beautiful resorts. To others, Hawaii is where they call home. And still others rely on its harbors and waters as a source of employment in the maritime industry. But no matter what your reason for being in Hawaii, if you need a maritime lawyer, O’Bryan Baun Karamanian will fight for you to get the justice and compensation you deserve*.
The Port of Honolulu is in a unique position among America’s ports; while many ports on the mainland primarily deal with shipping goods between states or exporting major manufacturing products to other countries, over eighty percent of Hawaii’s needed consumer goods are imported from mainland America (much like what Alaska has to deal with). Eleven million tons of cargo pass through Honolulu yearly, and much of that is products that we take for granted in the continental 48 such as deodorant, clothing, and electronics. It’s not all imports, though – Hawaii’s export industry includes products like coffee, bottled water, and fruit, and many ships passing to points further west from America will stop at Hawaii for refueling, making it a vital point in America’s exportation chain.
However, even an island paradise can have its share of accidents. More than 4,500 recreational boating accidents were reported in 2012, leading to 651 deaths (lower than the previous year’s record of 758) many of which were attributed to operator inattention and machinery failure. Commercial fishing boats account for a fair number of these accidents, as the waters around Hawaii serve as a seasonal destination for many fishing companies. As you can imagine, the waters around Hawaii tend to be rather well-populated, and accidents can happen.
You probably won’t be surprised to learn Hawaii offers a wide range of recreational boating activities, befitting its location on the waters of the Pacific. Any number of yacht clubs are available for boaters looking for a more leisurely experience on the water, and for those hoping for a bit more adventure have a wide array of Dragon Boat, outrigger, and canoe racing clubs to sign up with and participate in. Fishermen of all ages and skill levels will find much to like in Hawaii as well, ranging from smaller local game to chartered deep sea fishing tours.
Despite the island’s great beauty, accidents can still happen. No matter where or when, if you need to make a maritime or admiralty law claim in Hawaii, O’Bryan Law is the name you need to know. Even as far as Hawaii, we will fight for the justice you need.
*Dennis M. O’Bryan is enrolled to practice before the federal district court in Hawaii, as well as the Ninth Circuit of Appeals which hears appeals from the federal district court of Hawaii. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, where his office is located.