Hawaii Superferry Leaves L.A.

Ferry is on the last leg of her journey home to Hawaii

By: Jamie Wetherbe

The Alakai Hawaii Superferry’s first vessel serving the islands of Maui, Kauai and Oahu recently departed Los Angeles Harbor after refueling and is on the last leg of her journey home.

When the Alakai arrives in Hawaii, Oahu residents will have the opportunity to view her from shore as she approaches Honolulu Harbor. Prior to the start of service, the crew will conduct route familiarization and training voyages for certification by the U.S. Coast Guard. The community will also have the opportunity to board the Alakai during free community preview events while she’s in port on the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii.

Hawaii Superferry will offer daily service between Maui and Oahu and between Kauai and Oahu six days a week (Sunday-Friday). The travel time for the routes is three hours each way. A second ferry is scheduled for 2009, with service between the Island of Hawaii and Oahu, a four-hour and 15-minute voyage, and a second daily Oahu-Maui roundtrip will be offered.

The vessel was christened with the name “Alakai,” which in Hawaiian translates as “ocean path,” in honor of Hawaii’s rich history of navigation and marine travel. Hawaii Superferry aims to connect the islands, communities and people by providing an affordable and convenient interisland travel and transportation alternative.

From hula halau to sports teams, people can travel with their gear, work equipment, pets, and even horses, in their own cars, vans or trucks.

Hawaii Superferry’s environmentally friendly, energy-efficient, specially designed catamarans meet or exceed government standards for protecting Hawaii’s islands and the ocean, according to officials.