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No Inter-Island Ferry

  • City: Kapaa
  • State / Province: HI
  • Country: United States
  • Listed: December 3, 2017 4:46 pm
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no inter-island ferry


Dear Friends,

If you read The Garden Island last Sunday (Dec 3rd), you’ll know that the state has commissioned a feasibility study on a new state run inter-Island ferry system.

As many of you recall, in 2007, the citizens of this Island vehemently resisted the Super Ferry project and actually blocked the harbor at Nawiliwili to prevent the ferry from landing. Well, now they’re trying again.

An inter-Island ferry sounds great on the surface. But in fact, a daily ferry service will only provide an easy and open channel for drugs and other criminal activity to spread from Honolulu to Kauai. Also, it will increase the tourist traffic significantly.

If you agree that this is not a good idea for Kauai, please write to your state legislators. You can find your legislators at this web site: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/findleg.aspx?

Here is a sample email you might want to use to write to your senator and representative:

Dear Senator / Congressperson,

We read in today’s newspaper (TGI) that a new study has been commissioned to look into a state run inter-Island ferry service. Please know that the majority of people on Kauai do not want this service. Currently, we have relatively low crime rates on Kauai we want to keep it that way. If you open ferry service, the crime rates and drug problems will increase significantly.

As I’m sure you recall, in 2007, the people of Kauai strongly resisted the Super Ferry project and physically blocked the ferry landing at Nawiliwili. I believe that if a new passenger ferry tries to land here, the people of Kauai will make every effort to block the harbor in a similar fashion.

Thank you for listening to us on this matter.

Bart and Anne Walton

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4 Responses to “No Inter-Island Ferry”

  1. NO! I remember that day at Nawilwili….. NO superferry on Kauai. Thank you for posting here.

  2. Francesca, actually it’s not the Super Ferry. What they are proposing is a state run ferry system. So I would expect the ships to be smaller. But nevertheless, it would essentially be the same. Thanks for your comment. BW

  3. Hi Bart and Anne,

    About 6-8 weeks ago someone called me for a telephone survey about this ferry, with a question and multiple choice answer questionnaire. I asked if this was about bringing back the SuperFerry and they said yes. If this is the case, the cetaceans are my biggest concern as well as increased military presence on Kauai, as the SuperFerry would make this possible. A point in our favor is the rough seas between Oahu and Kaua’i which made passengers seasick on its very first trial run. Increased traffick is another big concern.

    Thanks for raising our awareness to this event.

  4. Thanks Patricia. Good points. We all need to be vigilant and hopefully nip this in the bud.

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