In an announcement sent out to its mailing list, the Hawaii Superferry announced Wednesday that it is resuming travel to the island of Kauai, Hawaii, beginning next Wednesday, the 26th.
This announcement followed a report from Linda Lingle, the governor of Hawaii, and the United States Coast Guard promising safety to the Hawaii Superferry in the face of mounting opposition to its services.
“Mahalo for your continued support,” read the announcement. “We are pleased that the Hawaii Superferry will be able to resume service for Kauai commencing September 26. As you have likely heard, the Governor, the U.S. Coast Guard, and various state and county agencies have recently provided Hawaii Superferry with their assurances for the safe passage of Hawaii Superferry passengers, employees and the members of the community when Kauai service is resumed.”
Kauai residents and the media will undoubtedly have several questions in regards to the Hawaii Superferry’s resumed travel to Kauai. To help answer any such questions, Governor Lingle is hosting a public meeting tomorrow, Thursday the 20th, at 6 p.m. at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.
At tomorrow’s meeting, Governor Linda Lingle – along with a select group of government officials – will be discussing what the U.S. Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies on Kauai will be doing to protect the Hawaii Superferry as it enters Nawiliwili Harbor for the first time since it was turned away by protesters last month. The officials will also be explaining the consequences of breaking into the security zone that the Coast Guard has put up around the Hawaii Superferry’s docking zone.
This isn’t the only meeting that the Hawaii governor has requested to hold. The Hawaii Superferry has said that if it is not allowed to continue operating, it will be forced to close due to the heavy financial investments it has already made. Because of this, Governor Lingle has raised the idea of calling a special legislative session to help determine the legality of the Hawaii Superferry, which has come under attack from protesters on Kauai and the courts on Maui.
It is yet to be seen whether such a special session will be held. Several legislative members have expressed their disagreement with such an idea.
On Friday, the courts will be ruling on whether or not to ban the ferry from visiting Kauai, much in the same way that the Maui courts banned the superferry from coming to its shores.