The worldly 61-foot wooden yacht Vida Mia has traveled the California coastline and crossed the ocean to Hawaii where she currently resides at Ala Wai Harbor. If her teak could speak, it would tell stories of celebrities like Louis Vuitton, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Travoltas sipping champagne in the lee of Diamond Head.
Built for luxury, in Stockton, California, Vida Mia served her country during World War II, when she was commandeered by the Coast Guard to patrol the San Francisco Bay. She arrived in Hawai‘i after serving as an unofficial escort of the famed Transpac sailing race in 1963, although it’s said perhaps the Transpac racing fleet was really escorting her.
In Hawai‘i, she was a diving boat on Maui for years before coming to O‘ahu, where nearly everyone you meet has a story of an event or adventure while on Vida Mia.
Her name, “Vida Mia” translates to “my life,” a term of endearment in Spanish.