Auditor slams state on Superferry - News

Auditor slams state on Superferry - News

There are 115 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Dec 18, 2008, titled Auditor slams state on Superferry - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

NAWILIWILI, Kauai The state ignored its own long-standing policy and environmental laws when it built barges and ramps for the Hawaii Superferry, a performance audit states.

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Just a GI

Saint Cloud, MN

#1 Dec 18, 2008
"The audit, released yesterday, said the state had never built ramps for any other users"

But it was OK to build airports? The Superferry is a business just like an airline. Its primary customers are the people of Hawaii rather than tourists, so it catches all this flack. I don't get it.
willie

Plymouth, MI

#2 Dec 18, 2008
Exactly GI, it was for the common good. Government gets involved in projects that are for the public. I am sure there will be many posts slamming the ferry, fine, just bear in mind what your government is going to dump into the choo choo to nowhere, the Super Ferry will be bargain basement by comparrison.

Not every one has a car so stop spending on raod.

Not everyone flys so stop spending on airports.

No everyone goes to the beach so stop spending on parks.

Get the drift?
Wall-E Harbor

Englewood, CO

#3 Dec 18, 2008
Marion Higaís report confirms the Ship of State was not too ship shape. Strange how so much time and capital was wasted trying to avoid requirements. Pirates arenít just on the other side of the world.

So the State of Hawaii was scammed by a private company and DOT may plunge more public funds into a financial black hole.(The Kahului barge really got slammed from ocean surges and expensive repairs are needed) So what other financial disasters are new?
Kimokeo

AOL

#4 Dec 18, 2008
Marion Higa's report is just like all her reports--negative and damning. I don't think she has ever reported anything positively in any of the investigation she has made. I'll bet she would have nothing good to say about Mother Teresa. If you look hard enough you can always find something wrong with anything, and this appears to be her MO. She seems to have a need to punish. I don't think she is a very objective person.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#5 Dec 18, 2008
Iagree with both Just a GI and Willie, however, there are some who are still attempting to scuttle the Super Ferry. All one has to do is check the passenger count since the ferry started to see that it is a viable transportation option to an otherwise "air only" State. From individual citizens, families, and businesses, the Super Ferry has proven that it is a success. To the bleeding hearts, "LEAVE THE SUPER FERRY ALONE!"
Hawaii Born

Holualoa, HI

#6 Dec 18, 2008
This smells of dirty politics and it's too bad the conclusion came after the horse left the barn, or rather, after the ship left the harbor.

I would rather these funds be used in education, to insure the future of our state, instead of some "dirty politics" to support the super ferry.

Let's be above board with the people's money. Kudos to Higa and her office.
Who What Where When

Honolulu, HI

#7 Dec 18, 2008
Just a GI wrote:
"The audit, released yesterday, said the state had never built ramps for any other users"
But it was OK to build airports? The Superferry is a business just like an airline. Its primary customers are the people of Hawaii rather than tourists, so it catches all this flack. I don't get it.
Huh? Are you clueless?

We need airports for our aeroplanes or we have to book fares to the mainland on the Falls of Clyde.
raingirl

Honolulu, HI

#8 Dec 18, 2008
Willie - money spent on airports (even though not everyone flies) benefits many companies from all the different airlines to food vendors to taxi cabs etc. Money spent on harbor ramps benefits one and only one company - the Super Ferry - seems like an important difference,eh?
Renata

Kahului, HI

#9 Dec 18, 2008
The auditor played dirty politics in releasing her report the day before the Supreme Court hearing and grabbing morning headlines. She ought to be sanctioned for weighing in on a legal issue before arguments are heard.

But then again, we all knew this was her game plan. She is not an independent auditor, she is the "legislative" auditor and always has an agenda.

Oh Marian, if you only had the respect you seek.
benefits all

Kapaau, HI

#10 Dec 18, 2008
raingirl wrote:
Willie - money spent on airports (even though not everyone flies) benefits many companies from all the different airlines to food vendors to taxi cabs etc. Money spent on harbor ramps benefits one and only one company - the Super Ferry - seems like an important difference,eh?
Who do you think is using the SF. It is residents, businesses, food growers, flower growers, bakeries, freight forwarders.
Kapaa

Kailua Kona, HI

#11 Dec 18, 2008
Big J-Hawaii Kai wrote:
Iagree with both Just a GI and Willie, however, there are some who are still attempting to scuttle the Super Ferry. All one has to do is check the passenger count since the ferry started to see that it is a viable transportation option to an otherwise "air only" State. From individual citizens, families, and businesses, the Super Ferry has proven that it is a success. To the bleeding hearts, "LEAVE THE SUPER FERRY ALONE!"
Hey big J,go Maui on your Ferry .NOCOMEKAUAI with your blind attitude.
manini

Kapaau, HI

#12 Dec 18, 2008
These barges and ramps are hardly a waste of money. The people of this state (except Kauai) are benefiting immensely from this investment. If you want to look at a waste of money, look at the legisltors pay.
Kapaa

Kailua Kona, HI

#13 Dec 18, 2008
ANYBODY who supports the SF also supports corruption in Government..........
Who are you?
Tsarbomba

Corona, CA

#14 Dec 18, 2008
- The barge for Kawaihae is a waste since the pier is damaged from the 06 quake.

-$3 mil is needed to fix the barge at Kahului.

No one thought of simply swapping them around? Is the audit report also implying Kawaihae pier will never be repaired? Can we have an independent 3rd party auditor make a pass at this?

If there is proof that Superferry execs exactly said their ships can't have ramps on-board, thereby requiring the barge facilities, and obviously we know the second ship has an on-board ramp, just simply sue them for fraudulent claims to recoup the barge costs. Just treat it as a business transaction that did not live up to the contract specs.
Paddler

Makawao, HI

#15 Dec 18, 2008
Attack the auditor person who confirms corruption in office. Doesn't that just reek of someone?

Interesting too how they put a ramp on the second boat. Too bad the U.S. Littoral contract is going to the other guy.

That boat would make a nice breakwater.
Yeah

Mililani, HI

#16 Dec 18, 2008
willie wrote:
Exactly GI, it was for the common good. Government gets involved in projects that are for the public. I am sure there will be many posts slamming the ferry, fine, just bear in mind what your government is going to dump into the choo choo to nowhere, the Super Ferry will be bargain basement by comparrison.
Not every one has a car so stop spending on raod.
Not everyone flys so stop spending on airports.
No everyone goes to the beach so stop spending on parks.
Get the drift?
You mean like not everyone gets a check from the government so the government should stop sending every citizen a check?

And not every citizen has a gun so all guns from citizens should be taken away?
Ferry lovers

Honolulu, HI

#17 Dec 18, 2008
No matter what anyone says about the ferry lingle and others are using our tax dollars to further their own agenda and should be held accountable. It seems all this new info should have came out before the first sail of the Akamai. Do we have the right as citizens to say where our tax payer dollars are going?
Kauaians might be right about the Ferry...
Former Maui Resident

Pasadena, CA

#18 Dec 18, 2008
raingirl wrote:
Willie - money spent on airports (even though not everyone flies) benefits many companies from all the different airlines to food vendors to taxi cabs etc. Money spent on harbor ramps benefits one and only one company - the Super Ferry - seems like an important difference,eh?
RainyGirl-
Let's see...Love's Bakery ships bread to Maui. Businesses use the HSF to go to Maui with their work trucks; even the County of Maui ships some of their vehicles to Oahu for service. Plus the tourism $ and indirect jobs created and maintained on Maui. I think you're missing a lot!
Disgusted

Wahiawa, HI

#19 Dec 18, 2008
Interesting and revealing comments. It is Marion Higa's job to find what is not in compliance with laws or ethical. Yet, she does work for the legislature, which casts a shadow over what she reports, particularly because of the legislature's reputation. The impact of the Jones Act on Hawaii comes to the fore, again. It seems that it does go even further if the barges can't be used. If the state purchased them from China, doesn't it make them a US vessel?This also doesn't put a very good light on the Superferry. After all that the state went throught to help them operate in HI, they didn't even give the state accurate information on which to base its decision. Yet, looking at the bigger picture, the Superferry is a valuable asset, as some of the previous comments brought out. Maybe even the tree huggers on Kauai will agree to that if and when they need the Superferry to haul the outsized equipment the National Guard will need to clean up the mess over there after this storm. Nah! They'll be like Maui. Take the help, then go back to bitching, again.
LAHawaiian

Paramount, CA

#20 Dec 18, 2008
Let's see, did Hawaiian and Aloha build all the airports in Hawaii? Did Matson build all the harbors and piers? Do the Democrats have control of both houses and can override anything Lingle wants? Why do you make Lingle the scapegoat for everything?

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