The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit policy research organization that seeks to educate people about the values of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.
Through the publication of accurate and timely research and commentaries, as well as by organizing events, conferences and seminars, the institute informs Hawaii’s policymakers, news media and general public about key public policy issues. Since its founding in 2001, it has helped provide the intellectual foundations for many local policy debates.
It also promotes action through practical change. In the spirit of “E hana kākou” (Let’s work together), it strives to bring Hawaii’s people together to work for a better economy, better governance and a better society.
To maintain its role as an independent voice and watchdog, the Grassroot Institute refuses funding from any governments — local, state or federal. As an IRS 501(c)3 organization, the institute is nonpartisan and does not endorse political candidates or parties.
The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a member of the State Policy Network, the nation’s leading network of state-based think tanks.
Our team studies laws that are preventing Hawaii from thriving and create reports to inform legislators, media and the public on how to create a better economy and government.
To the Hawaii Legislature:
Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.