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The following is an excerpt from an article by Matt Walker that appeared July 11 on BadCredit.org, a website that seeks “to inform and educate Americans with bad credit, enabling better credit decisions and a brighter financial future.”

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Most Americans who live on the mainland think of Hawaii as an island paradise. With picture-perfect tropical beaches, majestic volcanoes, and beautiful weather, residents of Hawaii may forgive us for that assumption.

But the truth is the state faces a number of economic, employment, and other ongoing issues (some of which are unique to Hawaii) that are resulting in residents leaving the islands for less scenic, but more amenable, places to live.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii recently highlighted the issue by launching “Why We Left Hawaii,” a series of stories that explores the reasons why the islanders are seeking residency elsewhere.

We recently spoke with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to learn more about these important issues, how the Institute works, and what can be done to bring Hawaii a little bit closer to the paradise many of us imagine it to be.

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