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The Hawaii Superferry is a great way to travel to Maui and, hopefully Kauai and the Big Island in the future. It is a cheap and more comfortable way to travel and is ideal for families that plan to stay on another island for more than a day because they can bring their own vehicle on board the ferry rather than spend money renting a car when they arrive. It is also ideal for businesses that need to get their products to outer islands quickly and frequently. It is a shame that Kauai protesters will not allow the Superferry to dock because it has only good things to offer the residents of Kauai.
The Hawaii Superferry was first started in 2001 by Timothy Dick. Dick got this idea from the ferries running from Spain and Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea, and when he came to Hawaii he was appalled to find that there was no interisland ferry running between each island. He then found some investors in New York to fund his project. He also looked for help from John Garibaldi, a long-time Hawaiian Airlines executive, and Terry White, a waterfront-management veteran.
The Superferry, at this point in time, is only running to Maui and Honolulu. There is also a second ferry that I going to be going to the Big Island in 2009. The first ferry was supposed to travel to Kauai as well as Maui, but operation to Kauai was halted due to the residents of Kauai who were protesting the Superferry. The Superferry has many good things to offer the Kauais economy. First of all, the Superferry can get products from companies over to the outer islands much faster than other methods. This really helps local farmers who need to get their produce over to other islands quickly and frequently. It also creates competition which is good for the economy. The Young Brothers company has been affected by the Superferry because as opposed to Young Brothers, the Superferry can get farmers produce to the outer islands in three hours. Young Brothers takes as much cargo as they can get and stuffs it in a big crate, which may sit in the harbor for a few days before actually being shipped. Loves Bakery is dependant on the Superferry to gets their goods over to other islands in a timely fashion.
The Superferry makes two trips a day to Maui. It departs from Honolulu Harbor at 6:30 a.m. and arrives in Kahului at 9:30 a.m. IT then leaves Kahului at 11:00 a.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 2:00 p.m. The Superferry also has second sailings on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that leaves Honolulu at 3:30 p. m. and arrives in Kahului at 7:00 p.m. It leaves Kahului at 8:00 p.m. and arrives in Honolulu at 11:00 p.m. On a normal weekday the Superferry carries 450 passengers. On a busy weekend it usually carries about 600 to 700 passengers and 160-170 vehicles. About 10-15\% of the vehicles are commercial vehicles. The numbers of passengers are continually increasing and with the second ferry in operation in 2009, it should increase even more.
Well after the Superferry was already built and running, many Maui and Kauai environmental groups insisted that the Superferry needed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) just like every other boat or vessel. Legislature agreed with them and required the Superferry to get an EIS. The Superferry could not get around the fact that they needed an EIS, but they requested that they could at least let the ferry run between Oahu and Maui while they were getting the EIS. Since getting an EIS is such a long and expensive process, legislature allowed the Superferry to continue running.
The Superferry has taken many, very expensive measure to ensure the safety of the environment. One thing they stressed was whale avoidance. They created a whale avoidance policy by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. They use advanced motion-stabilized and night vision equipment, radar, and cameras to lookout for whales. There is also always at least two crew members on lookout at all times. Another big issue is invasive species. There is 100\% car and passenger screening. They also worked with DOA Plant and Quarantine Branch to create strict procedures and policies to prevent invasive species.
The Superferry is overall better for Hawaiis economy. It creates about 300 jobs and is expecting more when the second ferry is operational. It also supports Hawaii companies because everything from the food and beverages served on board to everything in the gift shop is made in Hawaii. The Superferry has only good things to offer Hawaiis economy and it would be a shame to see it not being used to its full potential.

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