Hawaii Superferry postpones second daily Maui-Oahu trip

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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. 16.

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 issues."

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.

To contact reporter Margaret Myre, send e-mail to [email protected].

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