Fw: Fw: Superferry protest stops it in its tracks!

FYI Non-violent action to stop the Sperferry on Kauai.

Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2007 11:55 PM
Subject: RE: Fw: Superferry protest stops it in its tracks!


> >http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2007/08/29/news/news02.prt
> >
> >The Garden Island
> >Tuesday, Aug 28, 2007 - 10:33:39 pm HST
> >
> >
> >Action unites many
> >
> >by Nathan Eagle - THE GARDEN ISLAND
> >
> >When outrigger canoe club paddler Leigh Drachman
> >entered the water Monday, she never expected an
> >evening practice would turn into a "wonderful
> >opportunity" to join hundreds of Kaua'i residents
> >protesting the Hawaii Superferry at Nawiliwili
> >Harbor.
> >
> >The 34-year-old Kapa'a local joined a diverse
> >group united under a common cause - preventing
> >the new inter-island "Alakai" from operating
> >until the state conducts an environmental
> >assessment.
> >
> >But not all Kaua'i residents there supported the
> >protests Sunday and Monday evenings. Some were
> >simply curious bystanders and others were there
> >to greet family members arriving from O'ahu.
> >
> >As Kapa'a resident Sharon Verity waited in a line
> >of cars stuck on the narrow jetty road Sunday,
> >she said some of the protesters treated her and
> >her family rudely and hopes for more respectful
> >demonstrations in the future.
> >
> >Jimmy Trujillo, the spokesman for Hui-R, a
> >coalition of community members united against the
> >Alakai, said he hopes to work with Superferry
> >officials to devise a plan to return to Kaua'i to
> >pick up stranded O'ahu residents.
> >
> >"We're all living on this island together and we
> >know there's people on that boat that have
> >friends and relatives here," he said. "We don't
> >want to make enemies, we just want to make it
> >right. I would be a fan of the ferry if I knew it
> >was safe, affordable, efficient and if we all had
> >a say. People do want an alternative to air
> >flights for inter-island travel."
> >
> >Fourteen women and a coach in three canoes
> >paddled out in unison with a men's team to
> >reinforce more than 40 surfers, swimmers and
> >boogie boarders who had formed a human blockade
> >to stave off the 350-foot catamaran.
> >
> >"It was so wonderful when we saw the canoes - so
> >reassuring," said 31-year-old Kaua'i surfer
> >Mehana Vaughan. "To see them there in a
> >traditional Hawaiian vessel, making turns in
> >front of the ferry ... it was moving."
> >
> >"When we saw the people on canoes do what they do
> >every afternoon, I was moved to tears," Trujillo
> >said. "It was a powerful statement ... growing
> >the resistance using peaceful, non-violent
> >tactics."
> >
> >Vaughan said she felt inspired to support the
> >Superferry protesters after witnessing their
> >efforts Sunday evening when the Alakai made its
> >maiden voyage to Kaua'i.
> >
> >"I've been sick about the Superferry all summer
> >... it just didn't feel like Kaua'i had been
> >listened to," Vaughan said. "The culture of
> >Kaua'i is you take care before taking. It's about
> >living within our limits as an island ... and
> >taking care of our impacts."
> >
> >Backed by more than 400 sign-waving,
> >drum-beating, chant-singing protesters on the
> >jetty road, the flotilla in the water ranged from
> >a 12-year-old student to a 55-year-old
> >businessman and included organic farmers and
> >fishermen.
> >
> >"It was so exciting to see the spirit of Kaua'i,"
> >surfer Andrea Noelani Brower said. "The
> >experience of being in the water was very
> >powerful with the moon rising and the canoes and
> >the surfers and the protesters silhouetted
> >against the background."
> >
> >The protesters were mixed ethnicities, political
> >backgrounds and economic levels, new residents
> >and locals who have lived on Kaua'i for
> >generations, the 22-year-old lifelong Kaua'i
> >resident said.
> >
> >"The community has been so lacking in our ability
> >to communicate what we're frustrated with. The
> >Superferry may be the symbol of larger issues,"
> >Brower said. "I really hope that Kaua'i uses this
> >energy to talk about what we want to see happen
> >with affordable housing, development, too much
> >tourism and other alternative visions."
> >
> >The surfers suffered thirst and hunger as they
> >battled the cold after the sun set, but some
> >residents swam out bottled water to help, Vaughan
> >said.
> >
> >"We were singing, laughing, looking out for one
> >another and feeling supported by the island," she
> >said. "There was a growing camaraderie."
> >
> >This spirit developed as multiple local, state
> >and federal law enforcement vessels tried to
> >deter the protesters. The U.S. Coast Guard
> >reportedly arrested some, but was ultimately
> >unable to break up the group.
> >
> >The Alakai abandoned its effort to dock after
> >protesters stalled it for around three hours. The
> >ferry was scheduled to arrive at 6 p.m. with
> >passengers from O'ahu, and then depart for
> >Honolulu at 7 p.m.
> >
> >"We knew the Superferry's strategy was to wait us
> >out," Vaughan said. "We were determined to finish
> >together and decided when it turned to leave to
> >wait and watch it till the lights were gone ...
> >then stay 10 minutes after and go in together."
> >
> >Many swimmers and surfers were greeted on shore
> >by Kaua'i Police Department officers and masked
> >SWAT team members.
> >
> >"I didn't realize how scary that point was building to be," Vaughan said.
> >
> >"The cops were lined up to arrest anyone that was wet," Brower said.
> >
> >KPD arrests 11
> >
> >Kaua'i Police Department Lt. Dan Miyamoto said
> >police arrested seven adults and four juveniles
> >on misdemeanor charges Monday evening during the
> >second day of protests against the Hawaii
> >Superferry at Nawiliwili Harbor.
> >
> >The adults arrested were: Mathew Hamm, 25,
> >obstructing and disorderly conduct; Gilbert
> >Nieto, 49, obstructing and disorderly conduct;
> >Alan Zebe, 36, obstructing and disorderly
> >conduct; Kana Kirkpatrick, 22, obstructing,
> >disorderly conduct and criminal trespass second
> >degree; Shane Valiere, 21, obstructing,
> >disorderly conduct and criminal trespass first
> >degree; Steven Valiere, 55, obstructing; and
> >Robert Pa, 46, disorderly conduct.
> >
> >A local businessman, who spoke on condition of
> >anonymity, said he suffered from a pepper spray
> >attack Sunday evening by a Kaua'i Police
> >Department officer, but the department could not
> >confirm the incident.
> >
> >"It was excruciating pain and I couldn't see for
> >an hour - very scary," he said.
> >
> >Unconfirmed reports claim officers maced
> >protestors attempting to deflate a tire on a
> >vehicle and causing other damage.
> >
> >These 11 arrests are in addition to three Kaua'i
> >residents who were arrested during the protest
> >Sunday evening.
> >
> >"These are not terrorists. These are our dads,
> >brothers and sisters demonstrating their rights
> >to free speech and to assemble," Trujillo said.
> >"This should not be impeded by corporate
> >interests ... especially at the expense of public
> >safety and public interest."
> >
> >Several protesters wished to extend their aloha
> >to the U.S. Coast Guard and Kaua'i Police
> >Department for doing their jobs well and keeping
> >the demonstration as safe as possible.
> >
> >"There were a lot of angry police officers making
> >snide remarks and being tough with women, but
> >also a lot of very respectful police officers who
> >I don't think wanted to be there," Brower said.
> >
> >Miyamoto said all have posted bail, but could not
> >provide more specific details.
> >
> >People for the Preservation of Kaua'i spokesman
> >Rich Hoeppner said he helped bail the protesters
> >out until 2 a.m.
> >
> >He added that the environmental group plans to
> >dedicate its efforts now to legal action to stop
> >the Superferry with a permanent injunction until
> >the environmental review is completed.
> >
> >Environmentalists are concerned the Alakai will
> >endanger marine life, create traffic jams, spread
> >invasive species and negatively impact the
> >community.
> >
> >* Nathan Eagle, staff writer, can be reached at
> >245-3681 (ext. 224) or neagle@kauaipubco.com.
> >
> >The Garden Island
> >Copyright © 2007, Lee Enterprises, Inc.
> >
> >
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