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Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

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Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

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Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

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NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

Read More →

Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

Read More →

Akina and Perry lament ‘the tracks of our tiers’

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.” That was Keli’i Akina’s response to a question from popular Hawaii radio host Michael W. Perry about the surprising revelation that Honolulu County now

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

Read More →

PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

Read More →

Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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