How Hawaii coast guard protect the watersUPDATED 8:13 PM HST Sep 01, 2014Video Transcript
fuel right into the ocean off Barbers Point... To this day.. The coast guard is working to prepare for the next big incident... Readiness is key in their line of work... And KITV4's Brenton Awa has an exclusive look at how they stay ready. 01 36 133 It's images like these that can make you think twice... What would happen if crude oil spilled in our local waters. That's not a pretty picture -- but luckily for us -- the people who respond to this type of disaster are based right here in Hawaii. Today -- they're training. The mission -- get ready for the real thing. 3049 "READINESS IS WHAT WE DO" And they'll need to. None of the crew being trained has ever been involved in an oil spill clean-up. While their hands aren't really getting dirty yet... These reps on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Kukui could make the all the difference in the future. 3058 - 3117 "AS THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD OPERATIONAL ASSET WE ARE AT THE FRONT OF THAT RESPONSE ACTIVITY TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO RETURN HONOLULU HARBOR IN THIS CASE AND IT'S SISTER ISLANDS TO FULLY FUNCTIONING WATERWAYS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AFTER A NATURAL DISASTER." Hawaii's biggest threat for a spill comes in the form of these oil tankers... If one ever leaked out -- these are the tools the coast guard crew would use to pump that oil out of the ocean. This ship can be ready to go in response to a spill in just one day... Had it not been docked in Hawaii... It could take more than a week to reach us. 3405 "HAVING EIGHT DAYS TO ALLOW THAT OIL TO RECESS BACK ON TO THE SHORES WOULD BE DEVASTATING." All the action isn't just happening deckside... Down below are the support crews -- including the only Hawaiian on board. That's Keli'iokalani Ramos -- its his birthday -- but the kamehameha graduate's spending his day here -- to save someone else's later. 3747 "IT'S MY HOME AND AS ANYBODY ELSE YOU'D WANT TO PROTECT YOUR HOME SO BEING A PART OF THIS UNIT IS LIKE KIND OF PROTECTING MY HOME." Hawaii is fortunate to have not only have the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui ready to go in case of an oil spill -- but the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut is also docked in Honolulu -- ready to respond.