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Persecution of short-term rentals is shortsighted

Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people, with no aloha for their neighbors or Hawaii. Mostly they are just local folks who are renting out a room to make some extra money. But more likely you

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How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

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Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

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Economic conditions that affect Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

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Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

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Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022

Happy new year from the board and staff of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. The first day of a new year is traditionally a time for resolutions and self-improvement. So, in that spirit of personal growth, it’s time we engage in some brutal candor about a problem in our state

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A time for hope and celebration

Mele Kalikimaka and warmest holiday wishes! This holiday means many different things to different people. But whether you observe Christmas as a religious holiday, celebrate it as a secular one or just enjoy having a few vacation days, there is something to appreciate about the holiday season. No matter what

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Take heart: We represent the mainstream

If you favor less regulation, lower taxes, Jones Act reform and increasing the land available for housing, that puts you in very good company. I’m not talking about just followers or supporters of the Grassroot Institute. I’m talking about Hawaii residents as a whole Believe it or not, these are

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Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

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The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

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Persecution of short-term rentals is shortsighted

Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people, with no aloha for their neighbors or Hawaii. Mostly they are just local folks who are renting out a room to make some extra money. But more likely you

Read More →

How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

Read More →

Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us

For Hawaii employers, it’s deja vu all over again. Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket, which, in turn, could cripple Hawaii’s economy just when it is

Read More →

Economic conditions that affect Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

Read More →

Cryptocurrency in Hawaii at a crossroads

Will Hawaii be able to benefit from the cryptocurrency boom? Or will excessive regulation continue to get in the way? It all depends on what happens in the upcoming legislative session. Sometimes called digital currency, cryptocurrency continues to grow in value as it becomes more widely accepted and more investors

Read More →

Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022

Happy new year from the board and staff of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. The first day of a new year is traditionally a time for resolutions and self-improvement. So, in that spirit of personal growth, it’s time we engage in some brutal candor about a problem in our state

Read More →

A time for hope and celebration

Mele Kalikimaka and warmest holiday wishes! This holiday means many different things to different people. But whether you observe Christmas as a religious holiday, celebrate it as a secular one or just enjoy having a few vacation days, there is something to appreciate about the holiday season. No matter what

Read More →

Take heart: We represent the mainstream

If you favor less regulation, lower taxes, Jones Act reform and increasing the land available for housing, that puts you in very good company. I’m not talking about just followers or supporters of the Grassroot Institute. I’m talking about Hawaii residents as a whole Believe it or not, these are

Read More →

Bold change needed to fix Hawaii healthcare

Photo by Charley Myers Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were warned that lack of healthcare capacity in our state was a deepening problem. The last two years have revealed that things are even worse than we thought. As I discussed in my Wall Street Journal commentary published last weekend

Read More →

The sixth Jones Act myth: Reform has to be all or nothing

The following was published originally as a “Letter from the President” in the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy brief “Five myths about the Jones Act,” issued in July 2021. __________________ The Jones Act has been with us for more than 100 years. In that time, the world has changed and changed again.

Read More →