Scattering of Ashes
Ka’ena Point, Oahu, Hawaii’s most western point, is sacred and is said to be where your spirit leaves the island to the “world beyond” when you pass away. North Shore’s Haleiwa Harbor lies within minutes of the gentle currents that run down the coast and off the point of this spiritual highway. Often, along with the beautiful backdrop of the whole North Shore, we see Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Flying Fish, Seabirds, and rainbows to make the whole experience a bit more magical! There’s no better place to lay your loved ones to rest! Let us help bring peace and closure to your loved one, your family, and you!
Check Our Availability
We offer affordable, convenient trips on our quick and stable 25’ Zodiac for groups of up to 6 people and can accommodate larger groups of all sizes on request. Just let us know what your needs are, and we are here to help! We suggest booking one of our earlier morning trips when the water is more tranquil. If you would like a different time than is offered on our easy-to-book online calendar here on our website, then please reach out to us to discuss your options. If you would like a Kahu (minister) to officiate the occasion, we can help with that, too. Kenneth Segawa, fluent in Hawaiian and English of Hale’iwa’s historical Kealii O Malu Church, is available at the click of a button at checkout. The service fee is donated to the church for its upkeep.
In 1914, Kealii O Malu (Prince of Peace) Church was moved from its original location on the beach to where it sits now on Hale’iwa Road, about a block away, when one of the members donated the land it sits on today. It’s a picture-perfect wooden church that boasts an original press, Hawaiian translated bible from 1868. Kenneth Segawa opens the doors every Sunday to a small congregation of our community.
Remote Oahu Ash Scattering Services
Another option we are now offering is remote services where if the journey out to Oahu, Hawaii isn’t feasible or too arduous to carry out yourself , let us help! Simply send your loved ones ashes to us and let us spread the ashes at a planned time to the ocean where you can join through a live or recorded video feed. It can be hard to coordinate large family events like this and this may be the perfect solution for you ! Send us a message or call to discuss this option. Again, we are to help!
Scatter Ashes at Sea in Hawaii: What to Expect
We comply with the general permit under the Marine Protection, Research and Sanctions Act. Published in 40 CFR 229.1 that passed in 1972. We take care of the necessary documentation with the Environmental Protection Agency for you that’s required within 30 days of the ash scattering or weighted casket burial . We also provide a small bag of loose, seasonal flowers for you. Additional loose flowers are available at check out. You’re welcome to bring your own as well! We have a stereo on board that you are welcome to Bluetooth your music through or we can play something you suggest off our devices as well. We have a wonderful local, Haleiwa minister available that can be added on at check out. There’s plenty of free parking .
After a quick safety briefing of the boat, we head out to our predetermined spot, towards Ka’ena Point that’s roughly 3 miles out. Once there, we will let you know the best side of the boat to scatter ashes from and that you can commence your ceremony, say a few kinds words, share some memories, and reflect at leisure. Scatter the ashes with flowers. When you are ready to head back, let the Captain know. We will circle the site with the boat as a symbol that the circle of life is complete and head back to the marina. Following the event, we here at Banzai Adventures will process the necessary documents with the EPA for you. If you have any other request for the day of or a specific location in mind, please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can help.
Scattering of Ashes | North Shore, Oahu | Frequently Asked Question
Q: Is the scattering of ashes at sea in Hawaii legal?
A: Absolutely. Scattering ashes at sea in Hawaii is not only legal, but it’s also a preferred method for many due to its cost-effectiveness and the inherent respect for the limited land resources on our islands. The costs associated with traditional burials, including the substantial price tag for a cemetery plot, can easily run into tens of thousands of dollars, making them prohibitive for many families. On the other hand, sea scatterings not only pay homage to the natural beauty of our surroundings, but they also preserve our precious land resources while providing a peaceful and memorable tribute to loved ones.
Q: Is throwing flower leis in with the ashes acceptable?
A: We advise against throwing flower leis along with the ashes into the sea. While the gesture may seem symbolic and respectful, the implications on marine life can be detrimental. The strings used to tie the lei can pose a threat to sea creatures, potentially causing entanglement and subsequent harm. Instead, we propose a more environmentally friendly alternative – throwing loose flowers. This act still carries the spiritual significance of paying homage to the departed while ensuring the well-being of the marine ecosystem.
Q: If we have a large group, can you accommodate us?
A: Yes, our North Shore boat charter company is fully equipped to cater to groups of various sizes. Whether you’re a small family unit or a large gathering, we’ll ensure your needs are sufficiently met. We have access to additional boats that can comfortably accommodate different group sizes, ensuring everyone can participate in the ash scattering ceremony. Keep in mind, however, that to provide you with the best possible service, we ask that you give us a call at (808) 990-7515 ahead of time. This way, we can discuss the specifics of your group, make suitable arrangements, and ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day of the event.
Q: Can we do it during the North Shore’s big wave season?
A: Absolutely! Even though Oahu’s North Shore is notorious for its large waves during the big wave season, these colossal waves are primarily confined near shore or at outer reefs, not in the navigational channel we utilize. As we exit Haleiwa boat harbor and move past the channel, what may appear as intimidating, towering waves from the shore are actually more akin to gentle, rolling hills on the ocean’s surface.
Q: Do you have a minister to officiate our ceremony?
A: Indeed, we offer the services of an experienced minister to officiate your ceremony if you so desire. This option is available at an additional charge. However, we firmly believe in personalization and understand that you may wish to have someone of your choice guide the ceremony. You are absolutely free to conduct the ceremony yourself or choose someone you know to lead it. In either case, we’re here to support you in ensuring the ceremony goes as smoothly as possible.
Q: Is it possible to do a casket burial at sea?
A: Yes, casket burials at sea are an option. While it does require a bit more planning compared to an ash-scattering ceremony, we do have the resources to accommodate this request. We can provide access to a boat specifically designed to transport the weighted casket safely. Do keep in mind, however, that this type of service requires adherence to certain maritime laws and environmental regulations.
Q: Do you do scattering of pet ashes?
A: Absolutely, our furry loved ones deserve the honor too! We recognize and respect the deep bond between pets and their owners. Pets are undeniably members of our families, and as such, we offer the same services for scattering the ashes of your beloved pets as we do for humans. We believe in treating your pet’s remains with the utmost dignity and care, providing a range of customizable options to ensure their final resting place is fitting to their memory.