"Hawaii’s isolated island geography underscores the significance of ocean cargo transport as the lifeline and only viable means to serve and support every facet of the local economy, including tourism, construction, national defense, agriculture, and all other industries. An estimated 80% of all goods consumed in Hawaii are imported, and 98.6% of the imported goods arrive through the commercial harbor system. Hawaii’s residents heavily depend on its commercial harbor system and a disruption of ocean transport services will severely impair the state economy."   -   Hawaii Department of Transportation