Hawaii Superferry: 'We'll do what's right' for Oahu-Kauai service

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Hawaii Superferry, the interisland ferry company, intends to resume its Oahu-Kauai route once the community's concerns are addressed, a company executive said.

Newly named CEO Thomas Fargo told the Honolulu Advertiser that the company will do what's right for each community where the ferry plans to sail. He said that no time line has been set for starting the service, adding that the company must get indications from the community and Kauai government leaders that ferry service is wanted there.

Superferry's first trip last August to Kauai aboard its only vessel, the Alakai, was met with protesters on land and in the ocean on kayaks and surfboards blocking the entrance to Nawiliwili Harbor.

The same protests and legal challenges on Maui halted the Alakai's service between Oahu and Maui throughout the fall. The ferry finally began once-daily service to Maui on Dec. 13, but that service was disrupted throughout January by high seas. The company put the Alakai in drydock in February for inspections and repairs and it returned to service April 7.

A second voyage between Maui and Oahu started Friday and sails four days a week.

A launch date for proposed service to the Big Island has not been set, although Hawaii Superferry said it plans to add a second ship in 2009 for that route.

To contact reporter Tim Ryan, send e-mail to [email protected].

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