Monday, June 09, 2008


A shot across the bow of the Superferry: The Superferry Chronicles due to be published

by Larry Geller

Researcher Brad Parsons mentioned a Superferry book coming out on his blog:

...A book will be coming out soon on this whole can already buy that book about the Superferry on Also, I hear second hand Derrick DePledge has another series coming up on this, but again with no strong conclusions.

Brad, how do you find out all this? Yes, there is a book coming out. See below. As to a future Advertiser series, they still haven't caught up with the April defective weld allegations, so I'm not holding my breath for an exposé. Why would the paper bite the hand that feeds it? But I shouldn't pre-judge. It would be a great thing if those allegations were properly researched and explained.

Superferry Book Superferry: Anatomy of a Boondoggle
by Koohan Paik, Jerry Mander

Read more about this title...'s description: THE SUPERFERRY CHRONICLES is the first book to describe an historically unique, spontaneous, leaderless uprising in the Hawaiian islands. In 2001, an entrepreneur got the idea to start a high-speed, interisland ferry to connect Honolulu with the neighbor islands. Within a couple of years, his idea was taken over by a corporate entity with vast military ties, and the Superferry became prototype for an important piece of Americas sea-based military strategy for the 21st century. As the story unfolds, we see this project riding on a wave of deception and corruptionfrom the governors office, to the federal government, to the military, to the Hawaii Superferry corporation. The Superferry deal was never approved by the people of Hawaii, and this lack of democratic process and its profound environmental impacts enraged many. On Kauai, citizens took to surfboards and effectively blocked the vessel from entering the harbor. Governor Lingle traveled there to admonish the people and let them know that if the boat is blocked again, stiff penalties would ensue. Instead, she found an auditorium overflowing with people whose moving, eloquent, spontaneous testimonies told her that the boat would not be permitted to return. THE SUPERFERRY CHRONICLES is a story of personal and political empowerment thousands of Hawaiis people from all parts of the community taking part in an unprecedented showdown against the latest expression of a centuries-old corporate-tourist-military intrusion into the Hawaiian way of life, landscape, and local sovereignty. This is a grim tale worthy of any colonized banana republic, with just as much double-dealing and intrigue. It is also a story of hope, and love for the land, the sea, and righteousness. Koohan Paik is a media-literacy educator on Kauai, an activist, and an award-winning filmmaker. San Francisco-based Jerry Mander is founder of the International Forum on Globalization and author of the bestselling Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television and In the Absence of the Sacred.



Larry, you ask how I get this type of info. Koohan is a brilliant lady trained at USC and NYU who I have had the pleasure to speak with on numerous occasions. I think her and Jerry will do a good job on this book. Aloha, Brad

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