The opposition to the Superferry is not “local” opposition. Oh yes, you’ll see a token “hawaiian” for flavor in the news but this CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) action is not locally driven and Green financed.
The EAS study the CAVEs want is for the harbor addition/expansion, not for the users of the harbor. However, the Hawaii State Supreme Court has forced a Maui judge, by unanimous dccision, to require an EAS and that judged has said the Superferry cannot operate until the EAS is complete. This is the same Supreme Court, in a 2-3 decision, that the term “people of Kauai” in the Kauai Charter, does not mean the people but the elected council. Therefore, it is the County Council who has the last say on property taxes, not the people.
The democrat controlled legislature has been requested by the Republican governor to call a special session to settle the “law” in this case. However, the disfunctional legislature, unwilling to upset 5% of the population, has yet to act.
Nice summaton of the situation, balanced and concise,