Clouds blocked my view of the meteor shower in the wee hours, but they parted for a bit this morning, and I walked home with the sun in my eyes for the first time in a long time.
Also ran into my neighbor Andy for the first time in a long time. We’re both heading out later these days because it’s so dark in the mornings, it feels a bit dangerous to walk on this narrow road.
Andy was wondering if I’d heard any scuttlebutt about what happened when Hawaii Superferry traveled finally to Maui yesterday. I had, via an email from John Tyler, who queried Karen Chun of the Save Kahului Harbor Coalition about how things went.
Chun reported: “I was VERY pleased. Despite rain and it being a work day a lot of people showed up and we made a big impact. Lots of press.
"In a way, though, I think the lawfulness worked for us...it made Lingle look like such an idiot overreacting with all this military and police presence (1/2 of it out of sight, unfortunately)
"I think we are chipping away at HSF. Even with its 'specials.' I doubt there were very many real passengers — mostly protesters, shills (fake passengers) and SF employee friends and media. All we need to do is make sure that 'Oahu knows we'll be calling rallies at odd times to keep ridership low and get SF to quit already and do what we know they really intended all along - go be a military contractor...preferable SOMEWHERE ELSE!
"We had such good signs! And so cute...freight workers and security people were tipping me off (hey, Karen go over here....they're leaving from this gate) Even the police and DLNR are on our side. Harbor Police were not so nice and Lingle's Unified Command stayed hidden in their warehouse...the big chickens.
"Saturday should be HUGE.”
That’s the day more protests are planned, since the boat is scheduled to keep on coming. Since Chun wasn’t on the ferry, she didn’t mention anything about barfing, which seemed to be a major theme in today's media accounts of the voyage.
At the Advertiser, Dan Nakaso led with “Maccine Carter spent more than three hours vomiting aboard the Hawaii Superferry yesterday on the final day of her Hawai'i vacation and still enjoyed her trip from Oahu to Maui.”
The Garden Island, meanwhile, included this paragraph in a report by Nathan Eagle: “Workers scrubbed the carpet and wiped down the faux leather seats for those passengers who were unable to find a paper sack or make it to the bathroom in time.”
Gee, makes you want to just rush right down there and board, doesn’t it?
Apparently, not too many people did. Just “190 passengers and 60 vehicles rode from Honolulu to Kahului, and 160 passengers and 40 cars made the return voyage, arriving in Honolulu at 2:15 p.m..” according to an Advertiser report.
That’s about a quarter of its capacity, and Superferry was offering bargain rates, too.
Of course, after extensive publicity of people puking and protestors waving signs at incoming passengers, it may be even harder to fill the Superferry now.
Still you gotta feel for the folks who have to spend their work day cleaning up after passengers who lose their lunch — or worse. And yesterday wasn’t even as bad as it gets.
I think I’ll stick to the planes, and spare my stomach and the whales.