Saving the Molokai Ferry

June 19, 2015

Do you enjoy having the freedom to travel by boat to the destination of your choice? Do you like having many different options to choose from, when it comes to travel? Whether you're a Maui vacationer or resident, we strive to make your experience with us a pure joy. One of our wonderful services is the Molokai Ferry, which allows travel between Maui and Molokai on a regular basis. The ferry is convenient if you're a resident who needs to get back and forth to visit friends and family, or if you're visiting Maui and you want to make a day trip to explore Molokai and broaden your vacation experience. Maybe you've taken the ferry, and you already love the opportunity it provides. Maybe you haven't yet, but who knows? You might some day! That is, if we can weather the storm that the ferry is facing.

By storm, we mean the mandates from government agencies that force the ferry to operate too frequently. This might not sound so bad at first, but the reality is that the ferry is nearly empty on some of its trips, yet every single one comes with a cost. Think of all the fuel and all the time that is wasted this way. Think of the unnecessary wear and tear on the ferry. Think of all the little immeasurable impacts of such trips, and how they add up. Imagine being overworked and underfed, because financially speaking, those are the consequences of these mandates for the Molokai Ferry. To make things more difficult, the government established these demands while providing insufficient subsidies. Because of its ongoing financial strain, the ferry is facing bankruptcy. What good will these mandates be when there is no ferry left because of them?

If nothing changes, you will lose your choice to take a ferry between Maui and Molokai. If you want to protect this choice, there is something you can do. In this kind of situation, you might expect us to request money in the form of a donation, but fortunately all you need to do to help is sign this Molokai Ferry petition.

The petition asks for just one thing: that the Molokai Ferry provide as many trips as the community needs, no more, no less. There are unpopular time slots that can be removed from the schedule, and if we can do that, we can keep the ferry not just afloat but thriving! All that the Molokai Ferry needs is your kokua. If you're not familiar, that is Hawaiian for cooperation and help. If you are willing to share the petition with friends and family, then so much the better!

The Molokai Ferry has been in operation since 1987. Throughout those years, it has been a great asset to the community, and a lifeline for Molokai residents who come to Maui for goods and services that they can't get at home. Sign the petition and you will be protecting the economy, the environment, the jobs of the ferry workers, and our choice– your choice to travel by ferry between Maui and Molokai. Mahalo for your kokua!

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