After more than four hours of often heated and passionate testimony from 40 individuals, the Molokai community is not any closer to either accepting or rejecting American Safari Cruises from coming ashore.
Lawrence Aki, the Halawa Valley cultural practitioner who has served as the community liaison for ASC, organized tonight’s meeting. Kupuna were given ample time to express their thoughts as well as representatives of ‘Aha Ki’ole Molokai.
Protestors who blocked the ship from entering Kaunakakai Harbor on Saturday, using surfboards and small vessels, were heard from as well.
The packed and overflowing crowd at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center also had an opportunity to hear from CEO of ASC, Dan Blanchard, as he described his tour operation and answered questions.
The lateness of the hour does not allow for a complete story to be posted at this time. More comprehensive coverage on this meeting, along with photos, will appear tomorrow in The Molokai News.