Debate over the Super-Ferry

As you know if you read this blog I have been keeping a regular post about the Super-Ferry situation in Hawaii.  Many people feel many different things about The Super-Ferry.  To some, it is hailed as the dawn of a new day in Hawaii tourism.  People will be able to travel inner-island with their families at a fraction of the cost, and when they get to their destination they can drive off the boat, saving them money again on car rentals.  Others see The Super-Ferry in a more negative light.  Pointing to environmental and even criminal concerns for both the local communities and the islands as a whole.
I have received mostly positive feedback from my coverage so far.  My blogs have been as unbiased as someone can be (no one is totally unbiased).  But today I got a comment from someone in the Pro Super-Ferry camp.  And as I have not received a single comment by someone in this camp I have decided to post it and my reply….

—–Tim Dick said, December 10, 2007 at 2:30 pm.  “I had no idea that the people of kauai were so stupid, and what about the rights of the super ferry business. The coast gaurd has the duty to stop the terrorist asault on local commerce .I assure you that the people protesting were not natives to kauai! Stop the bullshit!!!!! (the misspelling is his not mine)

and my reply…..

I agree that not everyone was native to Kauai, but I assure you that some were (the surfers who got arrested).
Also, I totally agree that there is a general “Neo-Luddite” feeling associated with a protest like this, but as I posted in an earlier blog – “On the one hand you can never stop change.  The Super-Ferry has been a long time coming and one way or another more and more people are going to be coming to the islands and they need to get inner-island.  But that doesn’t mean that we should charge ahead full steam without worrying of consequences.   And as this article says, “The Hawaii Super-ferry presents a classic case of how not to do business in Hawaii. Super-ferry’s lack of planning and violation of the Hawaii Environmental Protection Act has created a public debacle, inconvenienced its customers and put Hawaii’s environment at risk.”
Of course the coast guard has the right to protect big business.  But do you know much about evasive species of plants Mr. Dick?  The Hawaiian Islands and Kauai in particular are like isolatedpetri dishes, biological factories of breathtaking splendor and complexity.  When one species of plant or animal gets a foothold it can rapidly and drastically alter entire food chains and landscapes.  Frequent inter-island travel with cars is guaranteed to increase this problem.
Also, the islands suffer an crystal meth “ice” epidemic.  This inner-island ferry will increase the likelihood and ease of drug smuggling.  There is just no way the cops can search all of the cars.  They don’t have the money, manpower, or infrastructure.
And finally there are the environmental concerns.  The Super-Ferry has ignored a citation from the court on not fulfilling a Sierra Club safety risk test.  And started running early while everything was still in limbo in the courts.  Mr. Dick, the islands are blessed with a myriad of life.  Every ecological niche is filled with a bounty of creation.  Multiple species of whales come to Hawaii yearly to have there babies.  In between islands the mothers and calves swim and are beheld daily by locals and tourists.  The Super-Ferry runs the risk of disrupting these important habitats and these problems just haven’t been addressed fully enough to begin big business.  There really is more at stake here than the interest of Super-Ferry shareholders.

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Video of Super-Ferry Protestors

Here is a video of people protesting the Hawaii Super-ferry.

Super-Ferry News for 9/14/07

It looks like the Super-Ferry will be resuming trips between Oah’u and Kaua’i this month.  Although only in daylight hours and escorted by the Coast Guard.   Area’s have been set up  for protesters and anyone straying out of that area will face felony charges!   So remember, never ,ever color outside the lines….. 🙂

Inter-Island passenger steals landscaping rocks

Ferry motion filed on Kaua‘i

Testimony limited on Super-ferry rock incident

Super-ferry considers pulling out of Hawaii

Super-Ferry News for 9/10/07

Back and forth, back and forth.  It seems the fate of The Super-Ferry is caught in the beautiful tide of Hawaii, and the end is no-where in sight.  Here are some updates…

Hawaii Super-ferry back in court

Super-ferry Returns To Honolulu From Maui

Hawaii: Super-ferry Protesters Monitored

TV documentary focuses on Super-ferry

Kaua’i protesters to explain stance today on O’ahu

Super-Ferry News for 9/03/07

Things seem to be going a little too well in the Super-Ferry situation for pretty much everyone but the investors.  Supreme Court Justifies its Super-ferry Ruling, and Super-ferry opponents toast protest’s success on Kauai.
After living on Kauai for 5 years and repeatedly seeing environmental issues getting second bill to the bottom line,  I am daily surprised and inspired by what I see happening in the islands.  On the one hand you can never stop change.  The Super-Ferry has been a long time coming and one way or another more and more people are going to be coming to the islands and they need to get inner-island.  But that doesn’t mean that we should charge ahead full steam without worrying of consequences.   And as this article says, “The Hawaii Super-ferry presents a classic case of how not to do business in Hawaii. Super-ferry’s lack of planning and violation of the Hawaii Environmental Protection Act has created a public debacle, inconvenienced its customers and put Hawaii’s environment at risk.”
Damn! Super-Ferry needs to fire their publicist!!

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Super-Ferry News

The Super-Ferry is having a damn rough start of things. I guess they could have seen this coming. But now it seems that they are even blocked from going to Maui- For the time being of course. Never fear, Big Money will figure some way around this.

Super-ferry restraining order extended

– also- check out my former blogs on The Super-Ferry –

Super-Ferry service suspended

2007-08-27

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Super-Ferry News

The Hawaii Super-Ferry is causing quite a ruckus in the islands these days.  It is supposed to cruise passengers and cars inter island for a much cheaper rate then the airlines currently offer, sounds great right?  Not according to some environmentalists
“Opponents say the ferry endangers whales, threatens to spread invasive species and will worsen traffic and pollution. ”

The crazy thing is that my good friend Renee Rainwater called Natalie and I from a protest in Nawiliwili Harbour, Lihue a few days ago.  She told us there were about 30 surfers in the water and a couple hundred people on shore with drums chanting.  The coast guard couldn’t clear the people out and the Super-Ferry was forced to return to Oahu.  That was the last I heard.  Until this morning….
Hawaii Super-ferry officials suspend service indefinitely after days of protests, setbacks !!

I really am surprised.  I have been to plenty of rallies and protests and all too often they feel like orchestrated social temper release mechanisms.  Where we dump all of our energy and emotion into a certain cause, and then we are too invested in one concept to see the injustice running rampant everywhere, and too drained from rallying a large group of modern, short attention spanned humans to do anything about anything, other than amass huge email lists.

So to see people who really care about their island actually turn a $300 million Cruiser around and send it packing, well that’s truly inspiring.

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also check out my other blogs on The Super-Ferry

Super-Ferry News – 8/30

Super-Ferry News – 8/27

Super-Ferry News

This one hits close to home because I lived on Kauai for about 5 years.  So there will be plenty of posts on SUPER-FERRY….

Surfers Stop Super-ferry in Hawaii

Hawaii Super-ferry Founders on Court’s Environmental Ruling

Protesters greet first Super-ferry voyage

Also- check out my other more recent blogs on The Super-Ferry

Super-Ferry News – 8/30

Super-Ferry News – 8/29