The Alakai, Hawaii Superferry's first
vessel serving the islands of Maui, Kauai and Oahu, traveled
through the Panama Canal late Monday night, a landmark passage on
its journey home to Honolulu. The Alakai's progress can be tracked
online at Hawaii Superferry's Web site [www.HawaiiSuperferry.com].
"It has been
smooth sailing for the Alakai since she left Mobile, Ala.," said
Hawaii Superferry President and CEO, John Garibaldi. "We are on
track and eagerly anticipate welcoming her home to Hawaii in the
next few weeks to start service later this summer."
The Alakai is
scheduled to arrive in Hawaii in early July.
Superferry's director of marine operations and 12 officers and crew
members are among those on board. Seven of the crew are Hawaii
Prior to the
start of service, the crew will conduct route familiarization and
training voyages for certification by the U.S. Coast Guard. The
community will also have the opportunity to board the Alakai during
free community preview events while the vessel is in port on the
islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii.
will offer daily service between Maui and Oahu and between Kauai
and Oahu six days a week, Sundays through Fridays. A second ferry
is scheduled for 2009 with service between the Island of Hawaii and
Oahu, and a second daily Oahu-Maui roundtrip will be
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