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June 21 is the first official day of summer and new start-up businesses in the state are sizzling.
It’s evident that Hawaii is the place to be with so many movies eager to film in the islands including Pirates of the Caribbean.
That sparked one entrepreneur to bring the adventure of the seven seas to Oahu’s south shore.
Amid the typical charter boats at Honolulu Harbor, one will find “The Treasure Seeker” with a pirate flag and all.
Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures is an 83-foot black galleon ship sailed to Hawaii from San Diego and converted from an old salmon boat.
It’s the newest business venture for Greg Longnecker.
“Became a dream five years ago. Now, it’s a reality really cool to see it happening,” Longnecker said.
He’s one of many companies staking claim to Hawaii’s growing small business market. The state ranks eighth in the nation for entrepreneurs.
“Small business can have its challenges, but we’re really excited about this new venture,” Longnecker said.
“I be Hammerhead Alan sometimes. I’m captain. Sometimes I’m first mate,” pirate Alan Shepard said.
Shepard is a theater director at a local performing arts school. His fellow mates are also trained actors.
“Wonderful, acting here in Hawaii. Could be real difficult having an opportunity like this for full-time acting is unheard of. It’s great,” Shepard said.
Small businesses are the biggest source of new jobs in the U.S. and Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures is adding to that with 10 to 15 new positions.
The pirate ship will set sail starting Thursday, June 27 and offer three trips a day. Those will be geared towards kids. A night sail will be offered for adults, where they can sip some grog.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business.
For more information on Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures, visit this website.