Hawaii Superferry Under Dock Arrest

I made a comment the other day that struck me out of the blue. Some of us at work were talking about the Hawaii Superferry drama and I suddenly blurted out, “This is just like Captain Cook all over again!” The ladies laughed at me. But, the more I think about it, the less willing I am to let go of this visual.

Okay, first of all, watch this video from KHON Channel 2. Watch it first and then come back.

Did you watch it? Okay, here is a statement, go ahead and read it…

Capt. Cook's log

I know, the English is very old, but when you put Captain Cook’s own words together with that video… it’s almost funny. It really isn’t funny, but I just can’t help but laugh at it.

Capt. Cook greeted by Hawaiians

I thought about the pictures and the news casts and it suddenly struck me and that’s why I blurted it out. I’ll agree that it was a silly statement on my part, but you’ve got to admit, it sure feels strange! Somebody else in the office did make the comment, however, that “some people never change.”

The most peculiar thing is that nobody made noise about any of the other ships coming in to town to do business here. It’s distressing to think that the noise is all about moving people rather than goods. I still don’t get it.

Is history repeating itself? No, that’s not it. Actually, it’s worse. What’s really disturbing and revealing is this article in the Honolulu Advertiser. It’s not the article so much as it is the comments and the verbal stone throwing.

I think we’re all waiting to find out what the real crux of the issue is. Is the Superferry just caught in the crossfire? There are a lot of theories flying around but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it works itself out.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Aug 31, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Hi Evelyn – Very interesting observation about the similarities with the ferry situation and Captain Cook. I’m not into gambling and betting, but I wouldn’t even want to start to guess what’s going to happen next with the ferry.

  • 2 Evelyn // Aug 31, 2007 at 6:31 am

    I’m with you, Sheila, it’s certainly nothing I would put my money on! It’s pretty amazing (and hurtful) to see how some of the other island residents view Oahu. That’s okay, anger makes you say things you regret later. We just need to find out why they’re so angry and what they’re really angry about.

  • 3 HawaiiVacationGifts // Sep 1, 2007 at 4:11 am

    I have not commented on any posts about the superferry only because little by little, more information is finally being told to the public everyday — so I feel that I still don’t know the whole issue yet. It is because no one really knows or understands what is going on with both sides, that it has created so much mistrust and anger.

  • 4 Evelyn // Sep 1, 2007 at 6:11 am

    There have been a couple of times, Cheryl, that I have started to write something and then I stop. Same reason as you — I don’t know what to say because I can’t take a side. I’m now at the “this is stupid” stage. I’m tired of dumb behavior and it’s embarrassing all of us.

  • 5 Rod // Sep 2, 2007 at 2:28 am

    All I know is that some of the locals out there should get it together and realize that the ferry situation can only help the islands, its people and its economy. This is 2007, NOT the 1800’s!! What is it about progress that scares certain individuals? I just don’t get it. They’re out there on their surfboards yelling and screaming at the Super Ferry as it approaches the dock (on a weekday no less), but not at work like the rest of us? What’s wrong with that picture?

  • 6 Evelyn // Sep 2, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Those are valid points, Rod. Yesterday I read someone’s comment that people moved to places like Kauai to “get away from the city,” and that the Superferry is an indicator that the city is following them and will mess that all up. While those who were the most vocal weren’t, I don’t think, “local” in the strict sense of the word, I agree that most of the people I saw on the news casts weren’t old enough to be retired. Obviously they were healthy enough to be employed! Thank you for your candor — it’s much appreciated!

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