Back in the bay: Glass bottom boat returns to Kealakekua Bay

  • Ka‘awaloa is back at her mooring in Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Gordon Leslie is back at the helm of Ka‘awaloa after her launch Saturday in Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat goes back in the water Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat goes back in the water Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat is hoisted onto a flatbed to launch Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat is hoisted onto a flatbed to launch Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat is hoisted onto a flatbed to launch Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat receives a final undercoat before being launched Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat is removed from dry dock and ready to be launched Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat receives a final undercoat before being launched Saturday at Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Ka‘awaloa is back in the water Saturday in Kealakekua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

After being out of the water for a year due to COVID, the Ka‘awaloa glass bottom boat, a fixture in Kealakekua Bay, was launched Saturday and returned to her mooring ready to take passengers on an unforgettable journey.