Young Brothers to sail smaller barge to Molokai during two-month maintenance program

As part of its Preventative Maintenance (PM) program, Young Brothers has announced a change to its interisland cargo barges, including those that sail to Molokai and Lanai.

The Kamaluhia barge, shown at port in Honolulu, will not be coming to Molokai on Tuesdays during Young Brothers’ Preventative Maintenance program taking place during September and October. Photo courtesy of Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Starting this coming week, a smaller, leased barge will replace the Kamaluhia barge that arrives on Molokai on Tuesdays. This smaller barge will travel to Molokai and Lanai on Tuesdays before returning to Honolulu.

The Kamaluhia will remain on the Sunday sailing schedule to Molokai.

The PM program continues through September and October and will not affect the sailing frequency or schedule to any neighbor island port.

The purpose of the PM Program is twofold: 1) to ensure that the barges are maintained to provide the reliability of schedule that customers have come to expect, and 2) to avoid more costly repairs in the future, resulting in savings which will benefit customers. The PM program will take two barges, Ho`omaka Hou and Ha`aheo, out of their respective rotations one at a time.

During the PM Program, Young Brothers will substitute the Kamaluhia into its Wednesday sailings from Honolulu to Maui and for the return voyage on Thursdays from Maui to Honolulu. The Kamaluhia has less carrying capacity than the barge normally utilized in the Wednesday sailing.

Young Brothers’ customers that utilize the Wednesday sailing from Honolulu to Maui are being asked to move less time-sensitive containerized and general cargo to the Monday or Thursday sailings.

For more information on these changes contact Young Brothers Molokai office at 553-5431. Molokai Chamber of Commerce President Rob Stephenson is also available to help anyone with questions on this matter (646-0928 or email


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