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Cable Linking Tahiti to Hawaii Lands in Kawaihae Today

Media Release:

Hawai‘i County Mayor Billy Kenoi and dignitaries from Tahiti marked the landing of a submarine cable linking the two countries today. This is the first Polynesian submarine cable linking French Polynesia (Tahiti) and the U.S.

The total length of the cable between French Polynesia and Hawai‘i Island is 3,107 Miles (5000 km). The highest depth is 19,500 ft (6000 meters.)

The name of the cable: Honotua.

“Hono translates to ‘link’ and Tua translates to ‘backbone, horizon at sea,’” says , Chairman of the Board of Office des postes et telecommunications (OPT). “Hawaiians and Tahitians have established links through voyaging canoes long before European explorers. Today, Honotua reestablishes this connection positioning both countries for improved communication technology entirely relevant for the information age.”

“The first ancestors of the Hawaiian people arrived from the South Pacific, more specifically from Tahiti. It is an honor for our island to welcome this cable, Honotua, a physical link with our cousins,” said Kenoi.

Office des Postes and Telecommunications,(Public Service Provider in Postal Services and Telecommunications of French Polynesia, Tahiti), Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Cable Systems, Wavecom Solutions are the key providers.

The cable will allow economic exchange with High Speed Internet Connectivity between French Polynesia and Hawaii, United States and the world. It will dramatically improve communication services throughout all the islands of French Polynesia, and allow more affordable international broadband internet connectivity.

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