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Hawaii Harbor Users Group

Hawaii's economy is far more dependent on commercial harbors than most residents realize. Our lifestyle and living standards are directly tied to ocean surface transportation and commercial harbors. In fact, more than 80% of all consumer goods – food, clothing, autos, building supplies, machinery, paper and allied products, medical supplies, and agricultural materials – are imported into the state. Of that 80%, nearly all – some 98% — enter Hawaii through commercial harbors on six islands.

Ocean surface transportation is our lifeline. It remains the only viable means to service the lion's share of Hawaii's economic needs. The fact that the state itself is separated into individual islands means that each island is also similarly dependent on ocean cargo shipping, even in today's age of advanced air transportation. If dependable and efficient ocean surface transportation were suddenly eliminated, Hawaii's economy would be devastated.

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