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Hawaii is a state of islands separated by great distances and diversities. Statewide, and island by island, our transportation has its challenges. How well are we meeting them?

As the 21st century unfolds it’s more and more important that we get around quickly, easily and inexpensively. Not only to live, work, learn and play, but for everything. In short, getting around is essential for us to hold our economy together.
Senator Kalani English, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, will make opening remarks.

The panel, moderated by Dave Rolf (HADA), and panelists will be Tim Dick (Hawaii Superferry); Mitch Ewan (HNEI); Brian Gibson (OMPO); Panos Prevedouros (UH); Cliff Slater (Honolulu Traffic); Chad Taniguchi (HBL); Gordon Bruce and Terry Ware (DPP).

We’ll have panelists on the evolution of cars and congestion, mass transit, complete streets and the biking alternative, air and sea travel among the islands and city and state plans to improve the systems that were developed before. We will also look at the entrepreneurial and investment opportunities that improving the transportation situation stimulates.

This luncheon program will be on Thursday, February 28, 2013, at the Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor. Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the program will start at noon. Register at hvca.org or call Gail at 382-4638.

Members and affiliates (including faculty and government) can attend at the member rate of $29 with pre-registration or $35 dollars at the door. Students are $20. All others are $39 with pre-registration or $45 at the door.

Space is limited, so sign up early. Parking is available at the Pioneer Plaza building and at Harbor Court, but we do not validate.

Thanks for supporting these programs, and thanks also to our sponsors, Hawaii Business Magazine, Pacific New Media and the accounting firm of KMH, LLP.