In 1982, scuba instructors Jeff and Teri Leicher moved to Kona from Oahu and joined Jack’s Diving Locker. The couple enjoyed the unspoiled marine environment along the Kona coast and thought it would be the perfect place to raise their son, Kawika. They ended up taking over the diving classes and charters with Jack’s Diving Locker while Tina Clothier continued the retail shop after Jack passed away in 1982. Back in 1976, Jeff had actually taken his NAUI Instructor course from Jack Clothier in Oahu.
Jeff and Teri started their dive business with five sets of scuba gear and a Volkswagon van. They operated a small snorkel gear rental concession at Kahalu’u Beach and took people on free introductory dives in the bay. In 1983, the couple purchased a 23’ fast and fun boat and named her the Blue Dolphin. This was the boat used for daily dives.
moving to Kona and starting their business, Jeff and Teri had a second son – Miles. Kawika and Miles grew up on the water enjoying the ocean and each other. Miles is a professional dive guide and helps out with the family business from time to time. Kawika is in Kona to stay and runs boat trips daily for Jack’s Diving Locker. Kawika is well-known for his expertise in dolphin charters.