KAMEHAMEHA I --- Letter to President Barack Obama June 29, 2014


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President Obama, be the enlightenment and guiding force for those who have been or felt welcomed to the neighborHoods, fallen into their unsuspecting and unrelenting traps, and those who have exchanged healthy relationships merely for healthy wallets.

Give them an opportunity for a last check up. Let them take the Well-Being test. They can change and be the best for the rest of their lives.

They shall seek and they shall Find…

Thank you President Obama.


Clifton M. Hasegawa

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KAMEHAMEHA I --- Letter to President Barack Obama June 29, 2014

  1. 1. Clifton M. Hasegawa President and CEO Clifton M. Hasegawa & Associates, LLC 1044 Kilani Avenue 12 Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786-2243 Telephone: (808) 463-1057 Email: clifhasegawa@gmail.com Internet: http://www.linkedin.com/in/cliftonhasegawa Via e-Mail and U.S. Mail June 29, 2014 President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Kamehameha I Dear President Obama: Your intervention to design, build and launch Kamehameha I, the Inter~Island ferry for the State of Hawai`i is requested. Speculation abounds on the name for the vessel. My due diligence of the vessels documented and registered on the United States Coast Guard vessel data base reveals 3 vessels named Kamehameha. Kamehameha I is the first.
  2. 2. President Barack Obama June 29, 2014 Page 2 My altruistic interpretation and definition of a United States Built, United States Flag vessel is objectionable to many. Please allow me to share. Section 27 of the Jones Act, the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Title 46 United States Code §883, Public Law 66-261) and implementing regulations define the term United States Built. There are many privately owned, privately held and privately held commercial shipyards in the United States capable of designing, keel laying, construction and launching Kamehameha I. There is only one United States Shipyard, that is, the shipyard of the United States Navy and its network of shipyards in the United States. Your intercession and discussion with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus is requested. With the United States Navy designing, keel laying on its building ways, construction, performance sea trials, christening and launching to the sea, is to have, by my definition, a United States Built vessel. To meet the Citizenship requirements for control and ownership requirements of the Jones Act your attention is invited to the organizational structure of Port Authority of Guam – the Jose D. Guerrero Commercial Port.
  3. 3. President Barack Obama June 29, 2014 Page 3 “Built by the U.S. Navy, the commercial port was originally located on 24 acres of land leased from the U.S. Navy. Following its release from the Department of Interior in 1966, 62 acres of land, now known as Cabras Island, was transferred from the Department of Navy to the Government of Guam. Thirty acres went to the commercial port and 32 for the development of an industrial park. To date, over 1,000 acres of land, inclusive of Apra Harbor land, has been transferred from the federal government to the Government of Guam for the use of and control of the Port Authority. In order to establish an organizational environment more conducive to providing efficient and reliable cargo services, Public Law 13-87 was passed on October 31, 1975, establishing the commercial port of Guam as a public corporation and autonomous instrumentality and naming it the Port Authority of Guam. On June 17, 2002, Public Law 26-106 was passed renaming the Port to Jose D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port, after the first Commercial Port manager who was very instrumental in having the United Sates transfer the Port facilities and properties to the Government of Guam at no cost in 1968.” [Emphasis Supplied] “As a public corporation, the Port Authority dedicates all of its profit to the upgrading of equipment and facilities and the continued growth of the island's seaport.” [Emphasis Supplied] Your intercession and discussion with United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to provide start-up capital by way of a Tiger Grant to establish the Port of Hawaii as a public corporation is requested. The United States Department of Defense (DOD), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Maritime Administration (MARAD), has designated particular ports around the United States as “strategic seaports.”
  4. 4. President Barack Obama June 29, 2014 Page 4 The Department of Defense has deemed important, including the importance of having strategic ports on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coast and Alaska. There are 22 strategic seaports in total: 17 are commercial ports and five are owned by the military. The current list of 22 strategic seaports includes the Ports of Anchorage, Alaska; San Diego, California; Long Beach, California; Hueneme, California; Oakland, California; Concord, California; Jasonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Morehead City, North Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Sunny Point, North Carolina; Port of Port Elizabeth, New Jersey; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina; Beaumont, Texas; Port of Port Arthur, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; Tacoma, Washington; Indian Island, Washington; Norfolk, Virginia; Newport News, Virginia; Guam. On September 14, 2009, the Port of Guam was designated the 16th Strategic Seaport by the Military Surface and Distribution Command (SDDC). SDDC is the Army Service Component Command of the United States Transportation Command and is a major subordinate command to Army Materiel Command. General Duncan J. McNabb (USAF), Commander, United States Transportation Command, Scott AFB, Illinois, made the announcement to the Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Navy, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and The Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.
  5. 5. President Barack Obama June 29, 2014 Page 5 Hawaii is NOT a designated Strategic Seaport. Regional Domestic Contract (RDC)-6 [HTC711-13-R-W001] was awarded on December 20, 2013 by United States Transportation Command to provide sealift transportation services to deliver Military Surface and Distribution Command (SDDC) System cargo to/from the Continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hawaii. By the terms of Regional Domestic Contract (RDC)-6, Hawaii is the Western Pacific seaport and final terminus point for Military Surface and Distribution Command (SDDC) System cargo. Matson Navigation, Horizon Lines and Pasha Transport Hawaii are the major shippers servicing the Hawaii Trade Lane. Military Surface and Distribution Command (SDDC) System cargo to/from the Continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands with a final destination to Guam will be consolidated in Hawaii, break- bulked after reaching Hawaii or be re-routed to Guam from Hawaii. Hawaii is the Strategic Seaport. Your intercession and discussion with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is requested to correct this obvious oversight.
  6. 6. President Barack Obama June 29, 2014 Page 6 To conclude my request for your intervention for Kamehameha I, the Inter~Island ferry for Hawai`i, the following discussion of America’s Marine Highway Program reveals a necessity for your intercession with Secretary Foxx. The Marine Highway program administered by the United States Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration facilitates the integration of vessels and ports into the surface transportation system. Hawai`i has not received a designation for a Marine Highway. My suggestion for Hawai`i is, M-HI. Many now plead that I exceed the boundary of tradition and the practice of letting these matters be handled at their level so as not to intrude on you. These matters were called repeatedly to the attention of Hawaii’s State Executive, Legislature and Congressional delegation. They did not take action. They were and still are self-immersed in matters they self-declare to be matters of priority. Thank you for the opportunity to present these matters to you. Sincerely, Electronically Signed Clifton M. Hasegawa