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.