Interisland Transport: Hawaii Should Believe in Ferries
OCTOBER 23, 2014·By THE CIVIL BEAT EDITORIAL BOARD
In an archipelago state, an interisland ferry system could help to better integrate the most populated Hawaiian Islands, with an eye toward stimulating and diversifying the economy, improving food security, creating jobs and bringing down costs.
…No one has had a higher profile on the issue in recent months than former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, the Hawaii Independent Party’s candidate for governor, who has made the restoration of an interisland ferry into a signature issue of his campaign.
A functioning ferry system has the potential to boost Hawaii’s economy as products and people move more fluidly — and less expensively — between islands. This could, if done right, chip away at elements of Hawaii’s high cost of living. The ability to quickly move vehicles and work materials between islands could broaden the expertise available around the state.
Unlike the process associated with the Superferry, the next interisland system would need to respect relevant environmental requirements and the governor should make sure a ferry project is done in collaboration with people on the islands that would be affected.
The argument shouldn’t be about whether or not Hawaii should — like islands around the world — have a system, it should be about how to do it best. The people of Hawaii should be able to travel between the islands without boarding airplanes. So let’s be open to proposals and see what makes sense.
The members of Civil Beat’s editorial board are Pierre Omidyar, Patti Epler, Eric Pape, Richard Wiens and Chloe Fox. Opinions expressed by the editorial board reflect the group’s consensus view.
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Mufi Hannemann has responded to the onslaught of negative political commercials by Ige and Aiona (mostly against each other) with his own positive new commercials. Mufi asks for a renewed focus on issues important to Hawaii’s people. The mainland-style character bashing has saturated Hawaii’s media from television to radio to direct mail. According to StarAdvertiser columnist Dave Shapiro, only Hannemann has “taken the higher road” and focused on addressing the real problems facing Hawaii. The difference between Hannemann, Ige and Aiona becomes abundantly clear when you listen to their paid advertising.
Here’s a positive new TV commercial from Hannemann:
Mufi’s new radio spot is uplifting too!
What do you think? Are you tired of negative political ads?
Among those who follow Hawaii politics for a living it is becoming abundantly clear that Mufi Hannemann’s campaign has emerged as the most on target. Hannemann is consistently winning the debates against Ige and Aiona. He is also the only candidate addressing the major issues facing Hawaii and proposing real solutions. Listen to what independent experts are saying:
“The main beneficiary of the cheap sniping is independent candidate Mufi Hannemann, who can use it as Exhibit A in his argument that petty partisan politics are behind many of Hawaii’s problems and it’s time to try something new.” “It would be nice if the two major-party candidates acted more gubernatorial and did the same.”
“I’ve attended, watched or participated in most of the forums and debates between the gubernatorial candidates in the general election period, and I’ve made it a point to ask lots of folks after each event who did best. In most cases, the answer is Hannemann.”
UH Political Science professor Colin Moore, Hawaii News Now’s political analyst, said Hannemann was the strongest debater.
“He has a real talent for getting his points out there quickly, connecting in this case with the students and comparing and contrasting his views with the other candidates,” Moore said.
Hawaii News Now 10/15/14
Another debate victory for our gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann at the town hall-style LIVE debate hosted by Hawaii News Now on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, which was held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Students posed questions to Mufi Hannemann and his opponents at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center in Kakaako. Mufi Hannemann stood tall on all issues as he outlined his strategies on how to better the lives of the people of the State of Hawaii. He shared his plans on what he will do to bring an inter-island ferry, accelerate renewable energy and save the public hospitals.
TONIGHT! Hawaii News Now to host town hall debate with leading candidates for governor on Wednesday evening on KHNL from 6:30-8 pm, and stream live on Hawaiinewsnow.com and on the Hawaii News Now mobile app.
Tune in and hear Mufi continue to expand upon his “Common Ground for the Common Good” platform for a better Hawaii. Yesterday, Hannemann was the only candidate who laid out a comprehensive proposal to lower electrical costs and a goal of 100% renewable energy for our state.