Hawaii Superferry postponed until spring the
launch of a second daily trip between Maui and Oahu. The news came
just 10 days after Superferry said the service would start on Jan.
The ferry operation
cancelled the proposed afternoon sailings due to opposition from
Maui Mayor Charmaine Tavares.
Tavares said in a
press release Monday that Superferry had not addressed the
community's concerns before initiating a second trip to Maui "so
soon after the start of the one daily trip that remains a
contentious matter in our community with unresolved
The additional Maui
service originally had been slated to begin in early 2009 but was
moved forward to compensate for lost business to Kauai. That
service was postponed in August after protesters blocked the
ferry's entrance to the harbor.
In announcing the
second trip to Maui on Jan. 4, John Garibaldi, president and CEO of
Hawaii Superferry, said the company's business model is dependent
on running two trips per day.
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