The Interisland Super Ferry
Uniting states with an interconnected transportation is a basic function of government and a Republican method of growth and prosperity going back to the interstate highway system started under Eisenhower and the transcontinental railroad championed by Lincoln.
The Superferry first set sail in 2007 and imagine how different things would be if it were still in operation.
How much more would an additional mode of inter-island travel and transport have boosted the state economy?
Lowering the cost of inter-island travel and the transportation of goods and services by people and businesses is essential to grow the combined prosperity and security of all the islands.
There is little argument that the ease of transportation of people and vehicles the Superferry offered would have helped integrate the state allowing middle income people to move more freely between the islands helping spread prosperity, opportunity and unity.
And, in the event of natural disasters like the Big Island eruption allowing people and aid to travel to and from the areas in need.
An inter-island ferry system remains an essential part of building a stronger more diverse economy for the state of Hawaii.
The Superferry was killed by entrenched monopolies and divisive politicians (and their appointed judges) as well as those who would continue to support a fractured inter-island transportation system that hold Hawaii and her people back from making real progress in moving towards broad based economic development.
The Supperferry system was hardly unique to Hawaii and its original builder is involved in building US Navy ships. The Philippines are building their own Superferry ships with greater comfort and abilities than the one’s brought to Hawaii.