Spitting cave was our third dive today, and it was a fitting climax to a spectacular day of diving. we began our scuba journey by mooring up the Sea Fox to the Kahala Barge. at 90 feet in the sand, it is a wreck made for swimming through, with large rectangles cut in the deck […]
About Larry Hogan
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of dive instructor Larry Hogan. Larry passed peacefully, but unexpectedly, at home last week. He was 66 years of age.
Larry worked at Island Divers for the better part of the past decade as a dive guide and scuba instructor, and many of you will remember him and his passion for sharing the underwater world. He was a rock of patience and calm in our scuba diving family. Again and again our guests over the years commented on what a kind a talented ambassador to the underwater world he was. At the memorial service his family held one pastor said something that truly resonated with me personally: that is it not the passing of Larry that we grieve, but his absence.
We won’t ever get to see his smiling face again in the morning, or his sly joke, or his honest interest in what you have been doing, or see his latest great underwater picture, or again get to hear the happy words and smiles of divers he guided through the unique experience of scuba diving. We grieve, because we are going to miss the presence of our friend.
Larry grew up with a great family, spending his youth exploring the tiger-filled jungles of rural Connecticut, and the ocean known as Long Island Sound. Not quite a valedictorian, he still really enjoyed NWCH high school in Hartford, and graduated from Villanova University, with lots of great friends and a degree in Psychology.
Which prepared him perfectly for a career owning and managing a construction company for over 30 years in New York city. While visiting Hawaii in the mid 70s with some friends, one of whom was a PADI CD, he was thrown into the ocean with a full set of dive gear on (thanks Dave) and immediately fell victim to scuba’s greatest danger – a serious addiction to diving.
Added to a love of travel, he has managed to dive all over the place and has seen and marveled at the profound sights the ocean offers, the great white sharks of South Africa, the giant mantas of Komodo, the whale sharks of Thailand, the white dolphins and piranhas of the Amazonian rain forest, as well as the Humpback whales, spinner dolphins, monk seals, and octopi of Hawaii.
He began the road to diving professional in the early 90′s assisting instructors at Beach 9, Brooklyn, Friday nights at the Y, and under the Throgs Neck Bridge in Queens (while still having a real job). A Master Scuba Diver Trainer since 2005 he has also worked in Phuket, Thailand, as well as NYC and now works with a great group of people at Island Divers Hawaii.
Entries by Larry Hogan
we call it the LCU for short, and it stands for Landing Craft Unit. and it also stands for Landing Craft Upsidedown! when this ship was purposely sunk to create an artificial reef, it flipped upside down. Due to its slightly concave shape, and the rear wheelhouse this upside-down wreck has a very cool aspect […]
always a special dive, as pilots and aircraft aficionados from around the world come all the way to Oahu, Hawaii, to dive this site. at 107 feet of depth sits this WWII fighter plane. the Corsair is a propeller driven craft, and that propeller is still intact and attached. the fuselage is deteriorating, but the […]
Excellent time today as we did two, yes TWO, drift dives on the incredible wall outside of Hanauma Bay. First drop was Sea Cave, a dive site that never, ever fails to awe divers! it was a bit rough on the surface, but so worth a bouncy ride, as we saw sharks, turtles, a hairy-legged […]
Strong winds can create big waves, and that was the case this morning. but below the surface the diving was spectacular, with mild current and 200 foot visibility. Baby Barge, and its variety of marine life, was our first dive, and the marine life did not let us down! So many Hawaiin green sea turtles […]
who doesn’t love turtles, and the bigger they are, the more we love them! and our 2nd dive today was a drift of spectacular Fantasy Reef, home of the giant Hawaii green sea turtle. If I was ever going to guarantee anything on a dive out here on Oahu’s south shore, it would be that […]
“OK, what do you guys want to see today?” I asked my divers. “SHARKS, SHARKS, SHARKS !!!,” they answered. So, off to the LCU, or Landing Craft Unit we went. at 90 feet of depth, the LCU is a purposely sunk boat, cleaned and stripped, to create an artificial reef and dive site. when sinking […]
rainy skies turned blue, blue, blue as we headed west out of Keewalo Basin, toward the wreck of the Nalani! The Nalani was a working tugboat working out of Sand Island. On january 22, 2015 this 95 foot vessel listed suddenly to its side and was swamped. All 11 crew were rescued, before the tug […]
we have several dive sites here on Oahu where we can always dive with huge hawaiin green sea turtles. Baby Barge is one of the best, as they find lots of safe spots to relax between meals. they prefer overhangs and small caves, but also seem comfortable anywhere they can find something to stick their […]
the sun was going down as we jumped in the beautiful water at Fantasy Reef. we had dive lights, but the setting sun gave us enough light to see by as we cruised this beautiful reef. the lava formations of arches and swim-throughs covered with beautiful hard corals, and populated with reef fish, giant turtles, eels, […]