LONG-AWAITED HAWAII SUPERFERRY ran into some stumbling
blocks just days after it officially launched. Environmental groups
staged a protest against the Oahu-Kauai service on Aug. 27 as the
Alakai, Hawaii Superferry's sole vessel, approached Kauai's harbor.
The 350-foot ferry was met by dozens of protesters riding
surfboards while others gathered at the pier where the vessel would
dock. After being made aware of the protests, the U.S. Coast Guard
escorted the Alakai to the harbor where the ferry was able to dock.
Hawaii Superferry noted that the USCG could not provide an update
on safe passage into Kauai's harbor and decided to suspend service
for the time being. In addition, a restraining order was filed by
environmentalists to block service into Maui. On Aug. 29, the judge
presiding over the matter ruled to continue the temporary
restraining order and set hearing dates for this week and next. As
of press time, Maui service has been suspended through at least
Sept. 11, pending the court's decision. For updated information,
CRUISE LINES, which is repositioning the Pride of Hawaii
to Europe, is reevaluating its service in Hawaii. According to
newspaper reports, NCL will see if removing the largest of its
three interisland cruise ships reverses losses generated by its
Hawaii operations. The company is also evaluating whether changes
in staffing that will allow at least 25% of staff to be drawn from
those with green cards helps solve its staffing difficulties. No
decision is anticipated before the end of 2008.
ISLAND VISITORS BUREAU is expanding its Waikoloa office,
with Deanna Isbister named as sales manager responsible for the
North America leisure markets. She is charged with developing and
maintaining relationships with agents and wholesalers. Isbister has
worked with ResortQuest Hawaii, Apple Vacations and Hyatt Hotels.
In addition, Adele Preza has accepted a position as senior director
of sales, and Kristin McGrath was named senior director of
VACATIONS has introduced its 10-day, three-island (Oahu,
Maui and Kauai) Hawaii tours for 2008. In addition, Collette
Vacations is guaranteeing oceanview rooms for any three-night stay
on Kauai booked as part of its Hawaiian Adventure tours. Call (800)
832-4656 or visit www.collettevacations.com.
MARRIOTT is offering golf packages at the
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island and the
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa on Oahu. The Waikoloa Escape
Golf Package includes unlimited golf for one or two people at
either of Waikoloa's two Kauai Lagoons' courses, starting at $344
per night, and is valid through Dec. 14. The Ihilani package starts
at $699 for oceanview accommodations and two rounds of golf daily.
For Waikoloa call (877) 359-3696. For Ihilani, call (800)
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].