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Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:19 PM

Inouye Wants to Revive Interisland Ferry

By Adrienne LaFrance 02/17/2012

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON Sen. Daniel Inouye has long been a champion of the Honolulu rail project, but these days there's another major transportation project on his mind.

"You want to know what some of my dreams are like?" Inouye said in an interview with Civil Beat earlier this month. "A reasonable ferry system that one can afford to pay (for)."

Inouye doesn't mention the now-defunct Superferry by name, but what he describes sounds a lot like the system that was shut down amid backlash from environmentalists and a subsequent state Supreme Court decision in 2009. Hawaii Superferry, Inc. went bankrupt in the months that followed.

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Inouye isn't the first to attempt to revive the ferry system. Several lawmakers have made efforts to bring back some iteration of the service in recent years. Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann said he wanted to bring back the Superferry during his 2010 run for Hawaii governor.

More: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2012/02/17/14894-inouye-wants-to-revive-interisland-ferry/

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ellisonz Feb 2012 OP
mahina Feb 2012 #1
ellisonz Feb 2012 #5
mahina Feb 2012 #8
CAPHAVOC Feb 2012 #2
mahina Feb 2012 #6
demosincebirth Feb 2012 #3
Sen. Walter Sobchak Feb 2012 #4
mahina Feb 2012 #7
mahina Feb 2012 #9
ellisonz Feb 2012 #10
mahina Feb 2012 #11

Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:28 PM

1. Oh fer pete's.

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Response to mahina (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:49 PM

5. Even Dan Inouye knows this is dreaming...



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Response to ellisonz (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:04 AM

8. I sure hope so.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:29 PM

2. Won't work. Can't run channel between Molokai and Lanai because of Whales.

 

Northern route is too rough. It gets stuck due to weather. Between the Islands. Can't keep a schedule. I saw it sitting last year in Norfolk Va. at Hampton Rhodes. Plus the locals on the other islands don't like it.

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Response to CAPHAVOC (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:02 AM

6. yep.

Nothing like a happy inter-island ride on a waterborne vomit comet, with protests on either end.

I don't think Uncle Dan has paddled inter-island much lately. No slur on the war wound intended.

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:32 PM

3. That would really improve commerce between the Islands. Good idea

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Fri Feb 17, 2012, 04:33 PM

4. That might be tough

Seeing as the US Navy just bought both ships less than a month ago and will be basing them in Okinawa.

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Response to Sen. Walter Sobchak (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:03 AM

7. Well that is some good news!

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Response to ellisonz (Original post)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:07 AM

9. Want to know what some of my dreams are, Uncle Dan?

Homeless in shelter, hungry fed, Hawaiian Homelands for those who are waiting, jobs and number one, an education system that works.

I do not see why we can not have those things here. For all we spend on some things, our priorities are not right.

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Response to mahina (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 12:16 AM

10. ...

- and let me just add - native habitat protection and restoration! - that's our money-maker right there - without it our tourism industry is hollow.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #10)

Sat Feb 18, 2012, 01:16 AM

11. Right! Fund DLNR

those folks are doing their best with very little in resources.

Mahalo Ellisonz.


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