November 30th, 2018
Dre Kalili (DOT Harbors Division) and Rob Miyasaki (DOT Statewide Transportation Planning Office)
Congratulations to the Ferry Feasibility Study Team for winning the Western Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Team of the Year Award.
Dre Kalili of the DOT Harbors Division, and Rob Miyasaki and Norren Kato of the DOT Statewide Transportation Planning Office, researched analogous ferry systems and synthesized feedback from a wide-range of stakeholders assembled through a market feasibility study led by SMS Research. The award recognized the team’s exemplary initiative and leadership, outstanding work performance, creativity, and innovation in achieving work efficiency.
This special project team faced a huge task of fulfilling the Hawai‘i State Legislature’s mandate to complete a study of the feasibility of establishing an inter-island and intra-island ferry system and to determine the need and feasibility of a government-subsidized ferry system to serve Moloka‘i.
HDOT and SMS Research constructed this market analysis and opinion poll to engage a wide-range of local stakeholders who may use or be impacted by a future ferry system. The survey instruments were designed to collect data and anecdotal statements that reflect sentiment and market demand as both forces are important in the success of a public works project.
The team’s analysis, conclusions, and recommendations were so comprehensive and on-point that the study generated no opposition to its finding, resulting in no legislative inquiries or hearings scheduled.
SMS did a great job in leading Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s evaluation development process…including identifying input, output and outcome measures to track progress toward HTA’s strategic goals. SMS also provided steps to guide us in integrating the evaluation process into our overall operations and planning. Our staff was actively engaged in the process and tracking the measures will ensure a focus on driving towards outcomes.
— Leslie Dance, former VP Marketing
Hawai‘i Tourism Authority