SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
SOURCE: DICK MAYER email@example.com
by Dick Mayer on 10 September 2007 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hawaii Superferry injunction hearing live today!
Aloha, beginning Monday morning you can watch the Hawaii Superferry injunction hearing
before Judge Cardoza "live" on streaming video on the internet starting shortly after 9am.
or follow the directions at http://www.akaku.org/
Perhaps, it will be also cablecast "live" on Akaku Maui Channel 53.
Best wishes, Dick
SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY LEGAL CLARIFICATION
SOURCE: RAYNE REGUSH RayneRegush@aol.com
POSTED: 10 SEPTEMBER 2007 - 7:00am HST
Maui, Kauai, the law & the SuperFerry
image above: The entrance to Kauai Judiciary Building. Inside the door is "Homeland Security".
by Rayne Regush on 9 September 2007
Over the 33 years that the law has been in effect, different people have read it different ways. Questions of law -- the distinction between intent and interpretation -- is before the court now.
SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY LEGAL CLARIFICATION
SOURCE: JUDY DALTON email@example.com
POSTED: 10 SEPTEMBER 2007 - 6:45am HST
Kaua'i residents want to protect island
by JoAnn Yukimura on 9 September 2007 in The Honolulul Advertiser
Two and a half years ago, the Kaua'i County Council unanimously passed Resolution 2005-15 stating that it was the council's intention not to stop the Hawaii Superferry, but "to protect the land and people of Kaua'i against degradation of the environment and social fabric by encouraging a proper planning process that would prevent or mitigate possible negative impacts ... "
The council went on to request that the state Department of Transportation Harbors Division require an EIS prior to Superferry operation, or that the Superferry "itself voluntarily engage in such a process and live out its commitment to responsible planning and socially conscious corporate action."
In the 1960s, people began to realize that when we overlooked or ignored environmental factors (which now includes cultural and social factors), we would often hurt ourselves, others or our community often unintentionally, often out of ignorance. For example, DDT was used to kill vermin and mosquitoes to stop disease or harmful insects, but it entered the food chain and ended up killing useful species and contaminating mothers' breast milk.
Furthermore, we would often overlook ways in which we could lessen negative impacts and make the project much better and less harmful. The National Environmental Protection Act and the Hawai'i Environmental Protection Act (the federal and state EIS laws, respectively) were passed to correct this.
This is what many Kaua'i people are requesting decisionmaking that considers and mitigates for environmental impacts that could harm our land, people, culture, tourism industry or economy. The Superferry is the only form of interisland travel that would allow drive-on/drive-off travel, and that has huge implications in terms of invasive species, drugs and stolen goods, overloading of our parks and depletion of cultural resources such as fish, limu and maile.
For example, a coqui frog invasion would severely damage visitor and real-estate industries.Other invasive species (miconia, fireweed, bee mites) could cause even worse environmental and economic damage. As New Zealand has shown, there are ways to greatly minimize the risk of invasive species, and such practices should be a condition of any Public Utilities Commission or DOT permission for operation. This is the value of the EIS process.
Why would people from O'ahu (or other visitors) want to visit Kaua'i if we were just like Honolulu?
Our wealth as a state lies in our diversity. That is why we are trying to keep Kaua'i Kaua'i.
Furthermore, O'ahu's infrastructure is designed to accommodate a million people; our infrastructure on Kaua'i is not built for large numbers. So we on Kaua'i need to assess the effect of an "H-4" highway to Kaua'i and either prepare for large numbers or say "no."
The Superferry would like everyone to think that few Kauaians oppose the Superferry without an EIS. As one who has the privilege of representing the people of Kaua'i, I can tell you that the opposition to Superferry without an EIS runs deep. It includes insurance agents, government workers, tourism industry people, ministers, Realtors, teachers, business people, lawyers, physicians, students and many others.
There are those, of course, who welcome Superferry with open arms, and I respect and honor them. But those opposing the Superferry on Kaua'i are not a small minority. Most who oppose the ferry simply want to protect the place that they love. Most rightfully shun and condemn violence. All want our government to uphold the law not only against protesters but in regard to the Superferry.
The Hawai'i Supreme Court has issued a well-reasoned decision on the state's EIS law. It is clear to me to me that the EIS law covers Nawiliwili Harbor and that a proper environmental review needs to be done before Superferry operations can legally take place.
However, if there is any doubt, the governor and the mayor, who have sworn to uphold the law, should take the initiative to seek legal clarification of th e law before allowing the Superferry to operate into our harbor.
To use the force of government the Coast Guard and the police to allow the Superferry to proceed into Nawiliwili Harbor without first obtaining such a legal determination would be a dismal failure of leadership that would put our people at terrible risk.
Mayor Bryan Baptiste and Gov. Linda Lingle have the power to keep people safe without using the police or Coast Guard by convincing Superferry managers to seek a clear statement of the law before operating.
If the safety of our people (Superferry passengers and employees, police and Coast Guard personnel and protesters) is paramount, let's settle this issue in the courts and not on the waters.
JoAnn A. Yukimura is a Kaua'i county councilmember and former mayor of Kaua'i.
SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY & BEE DESEASE
SOURCE: KEN TAYLOR firstname.lastname@example.org
POSTED: 9 SEPTEMBER 2007 - 9:15am HST
Superferry potential disaster for bees
image above: threatened honey bee queen in hive
by Ann Goody RN PhD on 7 September 2007
SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY & CONTRABAND
SOURCE: DIANA LABEDZ DianaLaBedz@aol.com
POSTED: 7 SEPTEMBER 2007 - 8:00am HST
Concern on illegal HSF cargo confirmed
image above: Imu pit rocks being prepared for large alumni luao at Punahou School in Honolulu
by Lucienne DeNaie on 5 September 2007
An anyonmous caller told us the trucks were parked at the Superferry lot in Kahului Harbor. We called the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement (DOCARE). It has primary responsibility for resource enforcement in the State.
DOCARE went down and checked and found the claim was true and are citing the vehicle owners for removing the rocks. So our concerns about misuse of resources and contraband on the Superferry are not unfounded.
SUBJECT: SUPERFERRY - WHALES & MONGOOSE
SOURCE: ELAINE DUNBAR email@example.com
POSTED: 7 SEPTEMBER 2007 - 8:00am HST
Concerns about whale and mongoose
[Note from Elaine Dunbar: I just got this from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.]
by Anonymous on 5 September 2007
Fast ferries slice through the waters around the world — the Mediterranean, the English Channel and Hong Kong harbor, to name a few. But Hawaii is different. The islands are a major calving ground for humpback whales, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act and which tend to be killed by fast ferries more than by slower ships.
Environmentalists are also concerned that the many vehicles the boat can carry will allow mongooses, which have severely depleted Oahu's bird population, to stow away and be carried to Kauai, which has none.
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you may have to look through blog archive for dated articles
Island Breath:Navy & Superferry 9/6/07
Island Breath: HSF Swath & Slice 9/5/09
Island Breath: Latest HSF News 9/5/07
Island Breath: Round Four Prep 9/4/07
Island Breath: Maritime Administration & EIS 9/3/07
Island Breath: Support from Oahu's DMZ 8/30/2007
Island Breath: DMZ - Stop the Strykers 7/2/07
Island Breath: Maui Case & Timeline 8/29/07
Island Breath: A Hawaiian's View 8/29/07
Island Breath: We Win Round Three 8/28/07
Island Breath: Plea to Reps and TRO 8/27/07
Island Breath: Rounds One & Two 8/23/07
Island Breath: Boycott the Superferry 8/17/07
Island Breath: Superferry Preparations 8/10/07
Island Breath: Hui-R Superferry Meeting 7/26/2007
Island Breath: Not So Super Ferry 7/24/07
Island Breath: Superferry Invasion 7/22/07
Island Breath: Superferry Noise 7/18/07
Island Breath: Superferry Delayed 5/25/07
Island Breath: Still No Superferry EIS 3/31/07
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Effort 3/25/2007
Island Breath: Superferry EIS Bill hearings 2/26/07
Island Breath: Superferry Promotion 2/24/07
Island Breath: Superferry Launched 1/28/07
Island Breath: Superferry in Trouble 12/12/006
Island Breath: Superferry Reference 11/6/06
Island Breath: Superferry Resistance 11/1/06
Island Breath: Superferry & Military 10/13/06
Island Breath: Superferry History 10/3/06
Island Breath: Stop the Superferry 8/29/06
Island Breath: Superferry Meetings 8/13/06
Island Breath: Superferry Redux 6/23/06
Island Breath: Superferry Problems 11/14/04