November 21, 2007

Following a favorable court ruling last week, the Hawaii Superferry will resume service from Oahu to Maui on Dec. 1. Voyages from Oahu to Kauai will resume as well, according to a spokesperson for the company, but the start date has not been determined. The interisland service was halted one day after its inaugural voyage in late August in order to resolve environmental and legal issues. Opponents of the ferry have demanded that an environmental assessment take place before resuming service, but thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Linda Lingle that allows the ferry to run while an environmental study is being conducted, the court lifted the injunction, thereby permitting the vessel to enter Maui's Kahului Harbor.