New Zealand-based Hawaiki Submarine Cable, in partnership with its Hawaii operating partner, DRFortress, held a blessing ceremony of its new cable landing station in Kapolei Tuesday.

Hawaiki's 15,000 km fiber optic deep-sea cable links Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific and the U.S. West Coast. 

The $300 million submarine cable system brings 67 terabits of new capacity to the Pacific region, and Hawaii, many times the current level of Internet consumption. It is the fastest and largest cross-sectional capacity link between the U.S. and Australia and New Zealand.

"Today is the realization of more than six years of planning and work, demonstrates the vital role Hawaii plays in connecting the our Pacific region nations, and demonstrates business attractiveness of the state," said Remi Galasso, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiki Submarine Cable. "Hawaii's newest subsea cable brings new opportunities for partnership among the Pacific nations, especially in the areas of education and research, as well as developing new programs that will benefit residents, such as e-health."

Fred Rodi, president of DRFortress said, "Hawaii's use of international bandwidth is doubling every two years, and Hawaiki brings enough capacity to meet our current demand, as well as address our future capacity needs. It also provides more security. In short, this new submarine cable is a faster, bigger, and safer Internet connection to the rest of the world. As the state's largest neutral data center provider, Hawaiki allows us to offer our customers more capacity and another option for carrier connectivity."

The blessing also included remarks from Governor David Ige and Mayor Kirk Caldwell.