POSTED: 2 SEPTEMBER 2008 - 3:30pm HST

Chief Perry Incorcectly identified

image above: KPD Officer who asked Kimo Rosen to leave demonstration takes my picture as I take his

by Juan Wilson on 2 September 2008

In one of today's Garden Island News letters to the editor KPD Chief Perry takes me to task for fabriating a story that he asked Kimo Rosen to leave the Jam in the Park celebration marking the first anniversary of no Superferry service to Kauai. I apologize to Chief Perry. I misidentified him. Above is a picture of the officer I named as Perry just before he ejected Kimo Rosen. It was certainly a mistake, but I do not characterize it as a fabrication.

I have written an apology to Perry and submitted it to TGI today.

image above: Kimo Rosen and I after a dsicussion on the Superferry during Jam in the Park



POSTED: 25 AUGUST 2008 - 9:00am HST Revision 080825 2.0

No Superferry Celebration!

image above: Paddlers in Kalapaki Bay show opposition to return o the Superferry to Kauai
Photo by Juan Wilson

by Juan Wilson on 25 August 2008

A delightful celebration of one year of no Kauai Superferry service was held yesterday at the county park in Nawiliwili Harbor. Dozens residents watched hula, played music, paddled in the bay, shared food and shared thoughts on balmy summer day.

image above: A ceremonial hula opens "Jam in the Park" Anti-Superferry celebration
Photo by Juan Wilson

For more pictures fro Brad Parsons see:

There were two sour notes.

One: Chief of Police Perry would not allow the single pro Superferry supporter, Kimo Rosen, to attend the festivities, even though celebrants asked that he be included. Perry insisted that Rosen stand about 100 yards off.

Two: On Sunday (8/24/08), the day of that Nawiliwili anti-ferry event, The Garden Island News (TGI) had a full banner headline "Superferry Officials Talk of Possible Return". There was no mention of the day's celebration planned at the harbor.

image above: Children demonstrate that an inflatable whale is better than a dead whale
Photo by Juan Wilson

The paper that pretends to report for Kauai can rightfully be condemned as a pipeline for the interests of the flacks trying to drum up support for the Superferry return to Kauai. There recent coverage of the issue could only have been scripted by PR consultant of HSF Corporation.

The Sunday page-one top-of-fold article included that "A web poll conducted by TGI shows that 39% of the votes were cast in favor of the Superferry's presumably immediate return to Kauai". Further down on page-one it does say that 17% thought the ferry only return after if passes an EIS. But it was not until the continuity on page-seven (in a separate paragraph) that TGI reporter Michael Levine mentions that 28% said ferry should never return to Kauai.

image above: Anti-ferry crowd watches paddlers celebrating no Superferry in harbor.

The clumsily framed questions about the Superferry were:

A) It should return to Kauai and resume service? 1,166 votes
B) An EIS should be completed before it returns to service on Kauai? 519 votes
C) It should never return? 842 votes
D) It should return to service on Kauai while an EIS is conducted? 328 votes
E) Superferry officials should reach out to the people on Kauai to determine if a return to Kauai should occur? 164 votes

Their order should have been on a gradient, such as from maintaining the status quo to the sharpest change in future circumstances. Namely, C, B, E, D, A.
Should option "E" even have been on the poll?

Shouldn't there be a dialog in all circumstances. To date the HSF has only consulted with the mayoral candidates and the Kauai Chamber of Commerce

There were a total of 3.019 votes in the poll. I suspect the hundreds of Superferry employees were informed of the poll and encouraged to vote in it. It would be interesting to know what percentage of web votes came from off-island ISP addresses.

Even so, I interpret the results as 1,361 votes for the ferry to never return (or return only if it passes an EIS). And 1,494for the ferry to resume service (or provide temporary service only until an EIS is passed)

That reads as 45% against immanent return and 49% for an immanent return. I view the 164 who voted "E" as undecided. That is a close pole, but one I think was skewed as reported by TGI.

I'm disappointed in those results, an so should the Superferry Corporation. There is no apparent groundswell of support for the ferry to return to Kauai, even when you can line up the company employees.

To top it off, in today's TGI report on the No Superferry "Jam in the Harbor" Celebration the TGI got the story wrong again. Again Michael Levine has the byline. The above-the-fold photo by Dennis Fujimoto show a close-up of a sign reading "Bring Back Da Superferry" held by Kimo Rosen, the only person at Nawiliwili Park who expressed favor with the ferry, who stood outside the area of the celebration. The title of the article was "Ferry-free Kauai Celebrated" with the subtitle "But some residents call for ship's return".

I would not call this fair and balanced journalism.

image above: "We no Want no Koahu" sign on display at "Jam in the Harbor"
Graphic by Juan Wilson. Click to enlarge.



POSTED: 20 AUGUST 2008 - 12:00pm HST

One Year Anniversary of No Superferry!

image above: Crowd gathers to greet Superferry arrival on 26 August 2008. Photo by Juan Wilson

by Kauai Surfrider Foundation on 20 August 2008


Surfrider Foundation, a national and international coastal environmental group, along with People for the Preservation of Kaua'i and other civic and environmental

An informal family picnic get-together at Nawiliwili Park and Kalapaki Beach. Pot luck, bring your music instruments. Bring your surfboards and canoes for a symbolic paddle out at Kalapaki Beach to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Superferry's entrance to Nawiliwili. We will paddle just past the surf zone, but will not enter the harbor. All laws will be observed.

Nawiliwili Park. Paddle-out at Kalapaki Beach.

This Sunday August 24. Informal get together starts at 1
PM. Paddle-out starts at 2 PM.

One year ago, a thousand people met at the park to give a strong message that our island does not want the superferry. We will be having family picnics at the park to renew our energy and strength and prepare for any future attempts by the superferry to return.

Hope to see you there!

see also:
Island Breath: Military uses Superferry 1/8/08
Island Breath: Superferry Military Scheme 9/8/07
Island Breath: Superferry & US Military 10/13/06
Island Breath: Superferry Hidden Agenda 10/3/06
Island Breath: Superferry & Military Connection 4/13/06