A group of about 40 protesters returned to Kaunakakai Harbor on Molokai on Saturday as the Safari Explorer vessel resumed port calls to the island. Despite an agreement in place, demonstrators expressed anger and resentment over additional enforcement presence saying it, “brought out many more protesters, and made things worse.”
A security zone will be enforced one hour prior to Kaunakakai Harbor entries and departures by the passenger vessel Safari Explorer when it resumes service to Molokai on Jan. 21. An informational meeting is set for Jan. 17.
American Safari Cruises plans to resume regularly scheduled visits to Molokai on January 21, 2011. The cruise company said “an amicable agreement has been reached” with local groups, as well as state and federal authorities.
The protest, which is the third of its kind, is planned for 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Kaunakakai Wharf. There are four more inter-island trips planned between now and the end of the year by the American Safari Cruises company, according to the company’s booking website.