“We enjoyed the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship the Pride of America this summer, and are committed to working on these important repairs in anticipation of Hawai’i’s expanding cruise industry.”
What she didn’t say:
Cruise lines already get to dump their garbage and sewage into Hawaiian waters without penalty. Their crews earn terrible wages and work in tough, anti-union environments. The vaunted Pride of America is so ostentatious and super-patriotic that it warrants constant, armed U.S. Coast Guard protection whenever it drops anchor. Cruise lines are getting monstrously richer each and every year as they build ever-larger ships. By all means, the state should be giving them whatever they want.