Panos Prevedouros, PHD

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD – This is an important article of national and local significance. Honolulu’s only daily, the Star Advertiser, would not publish it. They have not published anything I have submitted since 2009. Please show them that information cannot be suppressed. Forward and share it widely.

I added this postscript: Now as a responsible pro-rail politician, go ahead and deny all these as not applicable to Honolulu. But then:
  • The project is about three years late.
  • It has incurred tens of millions of dollars in penalties.
  • There was a costly (over $150 Million mistake at the airport alignment) for which no one was punished or paid for it.
  • The project violated state law and was stopped.
  • Ansaldo is the most unreliable of all major rail manufacturers. But this was Honolulu’s choice.
  • Ansaldo’s parent, Finmecannica is in financial trouble and for years it’s been trying to jettison Ansaldo. It will.
  • HART is a clueless board. Imagine the same people as the board of Boeing or Hawaiian Air. Worse than useless.
  • City erected a bunch of columns in the middle of (agricultural) land for which it has no ownership, deed or guarantee.
  • The project budget is sored up with TheBus capital funds and city Sewer Fund guarantees. This will play out just fine…
  • Do you recall the purchase of hundreds of tons of steel rails which are now properly rusting at Barbers Point Harbor?
  • (I just recalled all these in 10 minutes. There is more. All these occurred with YOUR approval and consent.)


  • As of mid-March 2013 the project is less than 3% constructed!
  • Federal court appeal has been filled.
  •  Several eminent domain suits or class action suit are likely.