Jack...it's not a "'entitlement' thinking ". There's a 15-20 year waiting list at the Ala Wai but space is reserved for transient boats, by law. Your friend might have gotten a 3 month transient slip but he did not get a "long term" berth.
There's no liveaboards allowed to moor in Kanohe except for the 3 day rule
Several factors involved with boating
in Hawai'i. It's terrible boating
in the channels between the islands, and many places on the windward coasts. Few people in the world have ever seen the North shore of Molokai though some fish
there regularly. Anchorages
are not that common, sheltered anchorages
are even harder to find. There are a few on each island but many are untenable when the wind
shifts (Kona winds) or there is a south swell. Lahaina Roadstead Maui, Kaunakakai Molokai, even Radio
Bay in Hilo during winter storms can be treacherous. It's not a boaters world.
The state government
pays little attention to boating and funds aren't provided to improve harbors or even to maintain them. Keehi Lagoon
was a beautiful state marina in the 60's and 70's. The piers were allowed to collapse and most are condemned now. Same thing with the Ala Wai except a protest storm demnaded improvements. Money
generated from boating and marina's goes into the general fund where it is spent on social issues.