Superferry offers deal to isle merchants

Superferry offers deal to isle merchants

There are 86 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Aug 28, 2008, titled Superferry offers deal to isle merchants. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Local farmers and merchants can now receive a 30 percent discount on their vehicle fares aboard the Hawaii Superferry, the company announced yesterday.

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Mililani, HI

#84 Aug 29, 2008
Keahi wrote:
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Don't you know that kauai is known for having the most abundant and diverse organic farmers markets of all the islands? Don't you know that that's what the Kauai people were protecting? Their agricultural economy depends on protecting against invasive species and depletion of natural resources. kauai is on the path to not needing to ship in frozen food or Love's refined white bread.
You have no clue.


#85 Aug 29, 2008
Right on!!!!!!!! Take care of the locals.
CGB Spender

United States

#86 Aug 30, 2008
Mr Morden wrote:
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Not true. Matson's crane barge arrived the morning after the storm and was able to dock at Nawiliwili Harbor. I was able to get some much needed supplies to my family via a friend on the the Sause Bros tug boat pulling the Matson Barge(Haleakala or Mauna Loa - i don't rememebr which but it was one of the crane barges and not the Waialaale roll-on/roll-off barge. This was folowed by a barge from Young Brothers. Over the following days and weeks, a substantial increase in barges from both shipping companies occured to both Nawiliwili and Port Allen. While the airport was able to resume limited operations, it took several days for normal passenger service to resume.
While I would not want another hurricane like Iniki to hit Kauai, it would serve to remind and underscore how important it would be to have alternate choices for interisland travel. Hurricanes are not the only thing to disrupt airport travel. the events of 9/11 and the military plane crash on the runway back in 1980 have also shut down Lihue Airport. Relying on the airport, solely during the next disaster, natural or otherwise, would not, in my opinion, be wise.
Mr. Morden, as someone who was there during Iniki, I too remember the arrival the next day of the Matson Barge to Nawiliwili Harbor. The container yard was a mess from toppled container's from the storm, but nothing prevented the ship from docking. I find KauaiBrad's comment in a previous post about checking facts interesting, in light of this.
As for the invasive species objection to the ferry as voiced in other posts, I have a question: What prevents the spread of invasive species right now by personal watercraft (eg fishing boats, sail boats), Young Bros & Matson Barges, and NCL cruise ships? How much cargo is actually inspected when it arrives by port (100's of containers 3-4 inspectors at most). Singling out the ferry for the possible distribution of invasive species seem silly to me given all the other opportunities.

Kaneohe, HI

#87 Aug 30, 2008
Same offer goes to the Kauai farmers.... Oops, the Super Ferry doesn't go to Kauai...Aw...Oh well.

Kauai's produce will cost more at the market place... boycott high prices.

Montgomery, AL

#88 Sep 2, 2008
Well, I am actually very amused by you. Your ranting is so full of mistakes I have to treat it like fiction. Bad fiction, but fiction nonetheless. First, what's a C-17J? Since you added the "J" suffix, you obviously had something in mind. The only flying version of the C-17 is the "A" model. There is something called the C-130J, but there aren't any of those within 2000 miles of Hawaii. I believe the new Kona control tower was partially funded by the DoD, but the place needed a new one because of the increase in overall AIRLINE traffic. And so what if the DoD spent money on the control tower? The whole Kona area benefits. You lost me on the training flights...what's the difference between a C-17 flying down to the Big Island and Hawaii/Go/United/Citations/Gul f Streams/General Aviation/etc flying through there? As for this Stryker thing, I still don't see a problem. The Army has to hold training. Right now, they use barges(and have been for the last 30 years) to get their stuff over to Big Island, which has the only live training area in the state. They use airlift minimally because, and I bet you didn't know this, the AF charges the Army to haul stuff. Actually, all military transport is done on a business, i.e. reimbursable, basis. No one rides for free. So you suggest us taxpayers should pay more to move stuff because you don't like the Superferry? And another point, if the military was really bankrolling this thing, why would they wait two plus years for the Big Island route to get started and sit by to let Maui and Kuaui be the initial routes? Once again, you are definitely amusing.
I also detect a rather anti-military tone in your posts. That's ok, you're entitled to your opinion. That's one of the things a strong military let's you have(there are places in this world where you would be arrested and placed in prison for even suggesting just free speech). But let's not mix anti-military with the Superferry. It's really a different issue.
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The Stryker Brigades will return from Iraq someday. Just because they got sent to Iraq for the duration doesn't make it not true.
When the Pentagon found out that they can only ship one Strykey on a C-17J, thay scrambled to figure out another way to get the Stryker to the Big Island and back.. Not until they spent 25 Million on a new Air Control tower in Kona.
Thats ok, they will get their moneys worth out of the new tower. They are planning to have numerous training flights from Hamakua to South Point and back to Kona again. I'm sure the sight of the lovely lumbering Air Cargo white elephants will be a welcome sight on the Kona coast.
Then don't forget the tens of millions of dollars they are spending on new real estate, juss so the Stryker can move around their new 100,000 plus, ex parker ranch grazing land they just bought.
You SuperFerry cheerleaders are pretty funny. You think by yelling and jumping up and down that the facts will change and everyone will overlook the obvious facts, flashing in front of their eyes like a warning sign.
You think this stuff happens overnight? No way, they plan this **** years in advance, and inevitably the over medicated populace loses interest and they sneak in for the kill, and take what they want.
They don't want people with memories. They hate people like us, and that why all the hate from the SuperFerry cheerleaders.

United States

#89 Oct 1, 2008
Tsarbomba wrote:
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No that was the protesters on Kauai who disgraced Hawaii for the world to see by pounding on the hood of cars and deflating tires.
The reaction from the people of Kauai gave me hope that there were people that were actually standing up for the law. Thye did a great thing by exposing Lingle and her Abrahamoff connections by ordering the Cost Guard to send a hige contingent out to "Protect" the Superferry from a bunch of Surfers. You ever consider how much a fully crewed Coast Guard cutter costs to operate? That's MY money they are using to try and quash the public from letting their voices be heard.

I'm not totally against the Superferry. I am against companies the Lehman, supporting ex-pentagon insider use inside knowledge for their own personal gain, while they take advantage of corrupt politicians to grease the wheels of their schemes. Lingle is cutting back on everything now that there is a shortfall, but the Superferry got a free ride in Pier Upgrades to the tune of 40 or so million bucks.

The Superferry was running unsustainable low fares, and now their financial lifeline no longer exist with the BANKRUPTCY of LEHMAN.

This is why the pro-Superferry people were fighting so hard - it was for their leveraged 40 to 1 investments, that now have vaporised.

My advice in the future - Invest in the education needed to read financial statements, or even the newspaper. You will be amazed at what you my be able to learn without new being spoon-fed to you by Faux News.

Superferry news is kind of Sparse these days. Have they shut down their operations yet?

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