RANK PREVIOUS COMPANY
1 Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
3 Alexander & Baldwin
SUPERFERRY GETS A NAME!
Well, looks like Maui Land & Pineapple Company’s million-dollar
investment in Hawai`i Superferry is going to pay off. The firm’s spiffy
new high-priced public relations firm McNeil Wilson announced last week
that the new super-fast catamaran had passed its sea trials—they even
sent out a batch of free digital photos to prove it! On Apr. 14,
shipbuilder Austal USA christened the vessel Alakai.
That means “ocean path,” according to McNeil Wilson. Now that’s a
pretty lame name, but please don’t confuse it with the much cooler name
Alaka`i, which is both KPOA’s “Morning Goddess”and the place on Kauai
that’s considered the largest high altitude swamp on Earth.
MATSON’S ALREADY GOT ONE
ML&P shows its stuff with a brand new boat, and A&B
advertises the fact that its Matson freighters are ancient. April 10
was the 125th anniversary of Matson Navigation Co., a wholly owned
subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin. According to an Apr. 10 Pacific Business News story, that particular date commemorates the day Captain William Matson and his three-masted schooner Emma Claudina
took 300 tons worth of “general merchandise” from San Francisco to Hilo
back in 1882. No word on how long that voyage took, though it couldn’t
have been longer than a week, which is about a third of the time it
takes to ship a car on one of Matson’s current auto ferries. MTW