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Statements Regarding Judge's Decision

John Garibaldi John Garibaldi
Governor Linda Lingle Governor Linda Lingle

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Following Judge Joseph Cardoza's ruling, Hawaii Superferry CEO John Garibaldi and Governor Linda Lingle issued separate statements.

John Garibaldi issued the following statement:

 "On behalf of Hawaii Superferry's family of employees, we are pleased with the judge's decision today. We are grateful for the support shown by the governor, legislature, and residents of Hawaii and look forward to commencing service soon. We will announce our plan for resuming service as soon as it is confirmed."

Governor Linda Lingle issued this statement:

"We are pleased that Judge Cardoza lifted the injunction, which will now allow the ferry service to resume between Maui and O‘ahu.  Judge Cardoza recognized that the Legislature and our Administration worked cooperatively, within the boundaries of our state constitution, to pass a law that preserves an important interisland transportation alternative for the people of Hawai‘i.

"As the interisland ferry service resumes, we will continue to work closely with environmental, cultural and agricultural organizations, the counties, the community and Hawai‘i Superferry officials to ensure specific conditions are followed to minimize the impact on Hawai‘i's natural and cultural resources.

"Throughout this public process, people with diverse opinions stepped forward to make their voices heard and to participate in state government.  I thank everyone for their personal involvement, and encourage community leaders and residents to come together as we move forward as a state."

Judge Cardoza granted a motion to lift the injunction against the Superferry Wednesday.  The ruling will allow the Superferry to sail to Maui and Kauai while an environment study is conducted.



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