Governor Lingle Postpones Asia Trip to Focus on Superferry

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Governor Linda Lingle has canceled a planned trip to Korea, China and Japan to help efforts to save the Hawaii Superferry, halted by a court order.

Governor Lingle decided to put off her scheduled 11-day trip to speak at the World Tourism Congress and promote tourism to Hawaii from Asia.

"It's important to understand the extreme long-term negative impact if we are not successful in resolving this in a way that will allow the Superferry to continue service," the Governor said. "This is going to take real leadership to focus on keeping this service for the people of Hawai'i. We must approach this in a cooperative way, understand the other side and reach a consensus.

Earlier this week, a Maui judge ruled the Superferry cannot resume service to Maui until an the state completes a lengthy study of its danger to whales and other issues.

Her office and Democratic leaders in the Senate and House are negotiating a bill that would allow the Hawaii Superferry to sail from Oahu to Maui and Kauai while it undergoes an environmental study.

The proposed legislation was initially drafted by the Attorney General's office and submitted to the legislature Thursday.