Hannemann reaffirms Superferry interest, talks UH president search

Hannemann reaffirms Superferry interest, talks UH president search

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a live interview on Hawaii News Now Sunrise on Wednesday morning, Hawaii gubernatorial candidate Mufi Hannemann reaffirmed his interest in bringing back the 'Superferry' back to the Hawaiian Islands.

Joined by Lester Chang, who Hannemann announced as his running mate during a press conference on Tuesday, the former Honolulu County mayor said that the city's rail development provided a solid blueprint for a potential Superferry return.

"I really believe the template or the model that we did for rail is very applicable and appropriate for the Superferry," Hannemann said. "Do community meetings, listen to concerns from both sides, get federal support, get local support, and do the EIS," or environmental impact statement.

Hannemann says that in meetings with the public since voicing his interest in running for governor, many have asked him about the possibility of bringing the Superferry back.

"To me, as someone who wants to be a leader, you have to respond," Hannemann said.

Hannemann, who had previously been outspoken over concerns with the University of Hawaii Board of Regents' search for a new president, also said that if elected governor he would be ready to tackle issues with David Lassner, who was named to the post on Monday.

"We'll work him him. It's the most important public institution in the state. We need to make sure the university is moving forward in the right direction," Hannemann said. 

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