Hawaii Superferry adds second trip between Oahu, Maui

Hawaii Superferry said it plans to add a second trip between Oahu and Maui beginning Jan, 16.

The second sailing will operate daily (except Saturday), according to the inter-island ferry operator, and will leave Oahu's harbor in Honolulu at 3:15 p.m. arriving in Maui's Kahului Harbor at 7:00 p.m. then departing Kahului for Honolulu at 8:00 p.m.

Hawaii Superferry currently operates daily roundtrip sailings between Honolulu [departing at 6:30 a.m.] and Kahului [arriving at 10:15 a.m.]. The ferry later departs Kahului for Honolulu at 11:15 a.m.

To promote the second Maui/Oahu sailing, Hawaii Superferry said it is extending its one-way promotional fares ($39 passenger fares and $55 vehicle fares) through June 5.

"A second voyage to Maui will benefit our customers who want the convenience of having an afternoon voyage," said John Garibaldi, Hawaii Superferry's president and CEO, in a statement. "The second voyage will also greatly benefit our commercial customers, giving them more flexibility in reaching their markets."

Before protests by environmentalists and legal troubles forced Hawaii Superferry to temporarily suspended operations for nearly four months, it also offered service to Kauai.

After resuming Oahu-Maui service on Dec. 13, the company said it was evaluating when to relaunch the Oahu-Kauai service. The company indicated that the relaunch is still pending.

"Providing service to Kauai is very important to us," Garibaldi said. "We recognize and appreciate the strong support from many in the community. We've decided, however, to initiate a second voyage to Maui sooner in order to allow more time in which to work with the community on Kauai to ensure a safe and successful resumption of service."

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Michael Milligan at [email protected].

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