POSTED: 22 JULY 2007 - 6:00pm HST

SuperFerry charges back into Nawiliwili

image above: the Hawaiian Superferry at 40mph moving between Oahu and Kauai

By Susan Atchison on 19 July 2007

The Superferry came into Nawiliwili today! Egads - How fast dat bugga was going - I know no more speed limit but, bruddah - slow down and that 360 turn around what was that for? See how much opala you can turn up? Well brah, you did. You was in and out that harbor in less than 10 miinutes. If that's how you going come to Kauai, brah - stay away!!!!!!

by Elaine Dunbar on 19 July 2007

From the top of the hill driving towards Kalapaki (before Marriot), my friend and I spotted the Superferry flying into the harbor looking as if on an attack mission. It was a dark blue streak going at what appeared to be 40-50 MPH and then out of sight in seconds. We reached the harbor to witness a whirlpool being created by this massive ugly ship doing a 360 degree maneuver approximately 150 feet from the Pride of Aloha. From the moment seeing it at the top of the hill and to when it was exiting the breakwall was less than 10 minutes.

To witness the aggressive entrance and exit demonstrated a certain kind autonomy in the water that you only see in movies. Now I'm curious about their compliance of harbor and water safety laws; granted they must abide by harbor rules when in operation but that does not exempt them from following rules on practice runs.

Going out on a small fishing boat I am aware that you do not create wakes and you come in slow (same for going out) Wake is a conservative description of what this ship did in the harbor. I contacted Rich from People for the Preservation of Kauai who said the ferry had done a morning run as well; we saw it at about 3:15 PM (Thurs.7/19/07) Also, Superferry does not look like a newly built ship, rather a military boat with a bad paint job.



POSTED: 18 JULY 2007 - 12:00pm HST

SuperFerry sneaks into Nawiliwili Harbor

On 17 July 2007 the Honolulu Advertiser reported that,

"Hawaii Superferry's Alakai will begin making trial voyages from O'ahu to to Kaua'i this week as part of its crew and staff training, route familiarization, and final U.S. Coast Guard certification in preparation for the start of service later this summer.

Hawaii Superferry will host a community preview during which Kaua'i residents will be able to board the Alakai while it's docked at Nawiliwili Harbor. The date and time for the community preview will be announced once confirmed."

On 18 July 2007 The Garden Island News reported that,

"The Hawaii Superferry made an unannounced appearance yesterday afternoon at Nawiliwili Harbor as part of the final Coast Guard certification.

According to Terry O'Halloran, director of business development for the Superferry, this is the first of three scheduled trips to Kauai this week to train staff and familiarize them with the routes. Additional test runs are teatively set for Thursday and Saturday."

Editor's Note: Did these guys figure they had to sneak here for their first visit?

see also:

Island Breath: Superferry Noise 7/18/07
Island Breath: Suoerferry Delayed 5/25/07
Island Breath: Still No Superferry EIS 3/31/2007
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Effort 3/25/2007
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Bill hearings 2/26/2007
Island Breath: Superferry Promotion 2/24/2007
Island Breath: Superferry Launched 1/28/2007
Island Breath: Superferry in Trouble
Island Breath: Superferry Reference
Island Breath: Superferry Resistance
Island Breath: Superferry & Military
Island Breath: Superferry History
Island Breath: Stop the Superferry
Island Breath: Superferry Meetings
Island Breath: Superferry Redux
Island Breath: Superferry Problems