HAWAII SUPERFERRY IS FUN NEW WAY TO SEE THE ISLANDS
HONOLULU â€“ Hawaii Superferry will launch a new and entertaining way to travel between the Hawaiian Islands this July, when the first of its state-of-the-art catamarantype
passenger-and-vehicle ferries begins daily service between Maui and Oâ€˜ahu and
six days a week between Kauai and Oâ€˜ahu. Service between the Island of Hawaiâ€˜i and
Oâ€˜ahu and a second daily voyage between Oâ€˜ahu and Maui will begin in early 2009
when a second ship joins the fleet.
The first vessel completed its sea trials with flying colors and has been christened
â€œAlakai,â€ (Hawaiian for â€œocean pathâ€) in honor of Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s rich history of navigation
and marine travel. It will shortly set sail for Hawaiâ€˜i from the builderâ€™s yard at Mobile
Alabama, via the Panama Canal.
For visitors to Hawaiâ€˜i, sailing on Hawaii Superferry will be a highlight of their tripâ€”a time
to rekindle the romance and excitement of travel through a brief and invigorating
â€œPassage aboard Hawaii Superferry will be a truly distinctive and pleasurable
experience that will offer new perspectives of Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s magnificent land and
seascapes,â€ said John Garibaldi, president and CEO of Hawaii Superferry. â€œOur ships
are of the highest caliber in terms of comfort, service and safety, and sailing aboard
one will be a memorable highlight in its own right.â€
With up to 866 passengers and 282 vehicles on board, the 350-foot vessel will depart
each morning at 6:30 a.m. from Honolulu arriving in Kahului, Maui at 9:30 a.m. The ship
bids aloha to Maui at 11:00 a.m. and is back in Honolulu at 2 p.m. Afternoons will be
devoted to Kauaâ€˜i with a 3:00 p.m. departure from Honolulu, docking in Nawiliwili at
6:00 p.m. The ship sets sail again at 7:00 p.m. docking in Honolulu at 10 p.m.
Hawaii Superferry enables car owners to drive aboard with baggage, golf clubs, and all
of their childrenâ€™s gear conveniently stowed in the trunk. Upon arrival, they simply drive
off the ship, without having to touch baggage or arrange for ground transportation.
During the three-hour crossings, passengers are free to roam and relax amongst
comfortable reclining chairs, family inspired conversation nooks with inviting leather
sofas, cafÃ©-style seating in welcoming dining areas, and select seating on the open-air
aft deck where you can enjoy fresh salt air, some sunshine, and contemplate the
majesty of the blue Pacific Ocean.
Other novel comforts include newly released movies and television, a childrenâ€™s play
area, a game arcade and gift shop. Understanding that cuisine is an important part of
the travel experience, Hawaii Superferryâ€™s two snack bars and main dining area will
offer a wide variety of refreshments.
Rates, not including fuel surcharge, are economically priced with one-way passenger
fares ranging from $17 for children under two to $44 off-peak / $54 peak for an adult
full-fare, based on advance purchase from HawaiiSuperferry.com internet site.
Passengers are invited to take advantage of the substantial discounts offered by
booking online in advance and/or by sailing Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Travelers may bring their car packed with all the gear necessary for an island stay for
just $59 to $69, depending upon day of sailing, not including fuel surcharge.
Hawaii Superferryâ€™s passenger-and-vehicle vessels are designed and built in the United
States by Austal USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Austal, one of the worldâ€™s largest
builders of fast ferries. One of the most crucial features is the ferryâ€™s catamaran design â€“
inspired by Polynesian double-hulled canoes â€“ which allows it to smoothly navigate
ocean waters. The eco- friendly and energy efficient vesselâ€™s livery reflects the graceful
manta ray which is a key component of the companyâ€™s identity.
Further information pertaining to reservations, fares, routes, schedules, rules and
regulations is available at HawaiiSuperferry.com .
Note to media: High resolution photos of Hawaii Superferry are available online at:
Franklin Clay, Account Executive
Travel & Tourism Group
McNeil Wilson Communications
1001 Bishop Street, Pauahi Tower, Suite 950
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 539-3484
Fax: (808) 521-7163