Friday, January 4, 2008

Superferry adding second daily Maui Trip

Honolulu Star-Bulletin source:

Friday, January 4, 2008 12:58 PM HST

Superferry adding second daily Maui trip

Kauai service is still in limbo

Star-Bulletin Staff
The Hawaii Superferry will begin a second daily Oahu-Maui service starting Jan. 16, company officials announced today.

"A second voyage to Maui will benefit our customers who want the convenience of having an afternoon voyage," said John Garibaldi, Superferry president and CEO. "The second voyage will also greatly benefit our commercial customers, giving them more flexibility in reaching their markets. The additional Maui service was originally planned to begin when the second vessel was placed into service in early 2009."

In addition, the company announced it is extending its promotional $39 one-way passenger fares and $55 one-way passenger vehicle fares for travel through June 5. Tickets must be purchased by March 31.

The company restarted service to Maui last month after a new state law was enacted allowing the ship to sail while an environmental impact study is being done on the service.

However, the company has not resumed its service to Kauai, where it faced vocal opposition and civil disobedience.

In its announcement, Superferry officials said they are adding the second Maui trip while the Kauai service remains on hold.

"Providing service to Kaua'i is very important to us," Garibaldi said. "We recognize and appreciate the strong support from many in the community. We've decided, however, to initiate a second voyage to Maui sooner in order to allow more time in which to work with the community on Kaua'i to ensure a safe and successful resumption of service.

"As we have always stated, our business model is dependent on running two trips per day and right now we've got to meet those needs."

According to the company, the second daily Maui service starts Jan. 16; will operate Sunday through Friday between O'ahu and Maui; will leave Honolulu at 3:15 p.m. arriving in Kahului at 7:00 p.m.; depart Kahului at 8:00 p.m. and arriving in Honolulu at 11:00 p.m. The first daily voyage continues as seven days a week, departing Honolulu at 6:30 a.m. arriving Kahului at 10:15 a.m.; departing Kahului at 11:15 a.m. and arriving Honolulu at 2:15 p.m.