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Hawaii will lead the island-to-island floating transit

The Hawai’i Seaglider Initiative (HSI) has established partnerships with several local entities to offer kama’āina accessible and reasonably priced travel options.

Seagliders are all-electric, zero-emission vehicles that can travel over water at 180 miles per hour. In coastal cities, this would significantly cut down on commuting times and transportation time.

“I commend the Hawai‘i Seaglider Initiative partners from the private, public and community sectors for working together to explore sustainable transportation technology that is in line with our climate change and clean energy strategies,” stated Hawai’i Gov. Josh Green. “This
investment in our interisland transportation network will provide a renewable transportation
alternative that will help keep our communities connected, support our local businesses and
build a resilient economy for Hawai‘i.”

It is anticipated that Mokulele will be the world’s first seaglider operator.

“We eagerly anticipate the transformative possibilities that seagliders bring to enhancing the well-being of individuals throughout Hawaiʻi, particularly our Molokaʻi community,” said Kuhio Lewis, CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) and an advisor to HSI. Seagliders want to promote access to jobs and healthcare by providing an economical and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. In order to guarantee that the introduction of seagliders has a beneficial and elevating effect on Native Hawaiians and communities around Hawaii, CNHA is thrilled to work in partnership with HSI.

Additionally, HSI and the Hawai’i Department of transit have inked a memorandum of agreement because the latter is in favor of alternate modes of transit between the islands.

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