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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 the public-at-large about key public policy issues. Since its founding in 2001, it has helped provide the intellectual foundations for many local policy debates.

While the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii functions as a thought leader, it is just as committed to promoting action through practical change. In the spirit of “E hana kakou” (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.

What we do

Comment on issues affecting Hawaii

Our team produces content to educate people about the values of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.

Provide timely and accurate research

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.

Host events to educate the public

We organize forums featuring national and local guest speakers in order to educate the public on key issues facing Hawaii residents.