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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 10:39 p.m., Monday, August 27, 2007

Superferry turned back from Kaua'i

By Jan TenBruggencate
Advertiser Staff Writer


Protesters blocked Nawiliwili Harbor for the second day in a row, this time forcing the Superferry to turn back to Honolulu.

Jan TenBruggencate, The Honolulu Advertiser

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The Hawaii Superferry turned back from Kaua'i tonight without docking after protesters blocked its access to the harbor.

About 65 protesters on surfboards, kayaks, canoes or swimming blocked the harbor as the Hawaii Superferry attempted to dock on its second day of service.

It was also the second day that protesters had blocked the ferry. Yesterday protesters kept the ferry from docking for about two hours before it eventually made it to port.

Today the Superferry turned around at about 9 p.m. and headed back to O'ahu. It was scheduled to be back in Honolulu about midnight.

Not only could passengers not disembark on Kaua'i, but the ferry was not able to pick up passengers at Nawiliwili, a Superferry spokeswoman said.

About four Coast Guard boats, including an 85-foot cutter, were in the water near the ferry as it sat outside the Nawiliwili Harbor.

About 300 protesters were on shore, supporting those in the water.

Reach Jan TenBruggencate at jant@honoluluadvertiser.com.