Hawaii Superferry's Alakai making its way to Hawaii

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.

Hawaii Superferry's director of marine operations and 12 officers and crew members are among those on board. Seven of the crew are Hawaii residents.

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.

Hawaii Superferry 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 offered.

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

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