The second public hearing on the draft Superferry legislation is two hours underway in Wailuku, Maui. The meeting is currently streaming live on Akaku: Maui Community Television's website.
A breaking news report from the Advertiser describes a "raucous crowd of 400" people, including the head of the Maui County Council who told the panel of senators that the proposed Superferry legislation which would allow the ferry to sail while an environmental review was being conducted would "spark 'a social and political revolution' unlike any seen since the 1950s movement that brought Democrats to power in Hawai'i."
Other speakers were concerned about the process, as well as the environmental impacts of the ferry, and cautioned against a special session.
Reporter Tim Sakahara of KGMB also reported on the hearing during the 5 o'clock newscast and described instances of people "yelling, trying to drown out the speakers, especially the ones in support of the Superferry." The hearing is supposed to last another few hours.