American Safari Cruises skips Molokai


American Safari Cruises’ Safari Explorer steered clear of the port at Kaunakakai, Molokai, where it had a scheduled two-day visit Dec. 2 and 3 while discussions between the line and a group of protesters continues.

American Safari CEO Dan Blanchard met earlier this week with about 200 concerned Molokai residents, who are seeking input into the island’s tourism strategy. A small group of protesters organized a water blockade of the 36-passenger Explorer last week.

The rural Hawaiian island, which has a very limited tourism infrastructure, is located about 25 miles from Oahu.

This is American Safari Cruises’ first season operating in Hawaii. The Safari Explorer is scheduled to sail seven-night Hawaiian Seascapes cruises through early May, returning next November for the 2012-13 winter season.

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