September 12, 2007

Hawaii Superferry, a new interisland ferry offering daily service between Oahu, Maui and Kauai, was forced to suspend service on Aug. 27, just one day after its inaugural voyage. A temporary restraining order was granted to environmental groups concerning the Maui service; the groups are concerned about the ferry's threat to whales and other marine life. Meanwhile, surfers protesting in Kauai's Nawiliwili Harbor blocked the ferry from entering the port. A Maui Circuit Court began proceedings on Monday to decide whether the restraining order will be permanent or if the service will be allowed to continue while the state conducts an environmental assessment. Service has been suspended until Sept. 14. Refunds are available for those travelers who already have purchased tickets.