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Hawaii Ocean Safety Team (HOST) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote stewardship of Hawaii's waters and enhance ocean safety. Everyone has responsibility for the care of Hawaii's oceans, and as our name implies, we believe this commitment can only be fulfilled by working as a team. Membership and participation with HOST is open to the public. HOST encourages participation by a wide variety of public sectors to insure the best information is available. All members are able to bring safety issues before the HOST Committee. HOST also maintains an Archive of Previous Meeting Minutes.

Our Vision:
To promote and enhance the safe and pollution free use of Hawaii's waters through pro-active prevention.

Our Mission:
To provide an open forum for government, industry and the public to identify problems and propose solutions to today's maritime issues.

HOST focuses on the human element to identify root causes of marine casualties. HOST develops and agrees upon Safe Operating Practices (S.O.P.s) when necessary to provide for effective and efficient operations and evolutions. HOST engages the public to ensure we have buy-in from Hawaii's citizens.

Hawaii plays a critical role in the Asia-Pacific region, serving as a strategic hub for vessels crossing the Pacific Ocean. In addition to being a major center of commerce. Hawaii is also renowned throughout the world for its beautiful beaches, water sports, and activites.

Balancing the needs of all the users of Hawaii's oceans is necessary to protect Hawaii's precious marine environment and ensure the safety of all users.

Hawaii Ocean Safety Team (HOST) is a non-profit organization whose vision is to promote stewardship of Hawaii's waters and enhance ocean safety. Everyone has responsibility for the care of Hawaii's oceans, and as our name implies, we believe this commitment can only be fulfilled by working as a team.

HOST is comprised of representatives from maritime industries, government, and the community who are committed to identifying maritime concerns and developing solutions before they become major issues.

HOST believes that when it approaches concerns as a team with input from various perspectives, all of Hawaii benefits. It is the only way HOST can get to the root causes of issues and develop creative and innovative solutions.

Since it was formed in 1998, HOST has tackled a number of issues to make Hawaii's waters safer and cleaner. For example, HOST has addressed pollution and garbage dumping on Hawaii's beaches, conflicts between boaters, surfers and jet-skiers, and other challenging issues.

HOST provides a forum to bring the interests of various groups together for open, honest communication, to establish solutions that work for all parties involved.