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Liberation of crypto is incredible win for Hawaii

What a nice surprise it was this week when I learned that the state Division of Financial Institutions had quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii, just as they can most everywhere else. This is an incredible win for economic freedom in our state, which isn’t known

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A social tax policy I could agree with

It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year. That’s when we could all breathe a sigh of relief, confident that the desire of politicians to get reelected would keep our wallets safe a little longer. But not this year. An

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Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature

The start of Hawaii’s annual legislative session is always marked by hope and trepidation. Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? In short, the same old same old? Overall, I

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What I said to the governor about Maui housing

When facing a challenge such as rebuilding Lahaina, it’s important to work together to get the best possible outcome. Everyone involved won’t always agree on the best approach, but open discussion and debate will give the public a say to help find the best route forward. That’s why on Thursday,

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Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding.

Photo by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2024. ___________ Hawaii’s housing crisis sometimes seems like a formidable monster that can only be defeated by a magical, cure-all solution. But could a lot of little policy changes maybe achieve the

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Even emergency housing panel unable to act quickly

There is something very telling in the fact that it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation aimed at speeding up homebuilding in Hawaii. The governor’s order, announced in July 2023, established a 36-member Beyond Barriers Working Group to guide the hastening of

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Three resolutions for a Happy New Year

The new year is almost upon us, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: making a list of resolutions for Hawaii’s policymakers. First and foremost, I suggest they resolve to reduce Hawaii’s tax burden. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best ways to

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‘E hana kākou’ works at the dinner table too

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather to celebrate, exchange gifts and make memories. Everyone brims with a sense of fellowship and harmony. Until someone brings up politics. No matter what your beliefs, nothing can derail a family get-together like an unexpected political discussion. But

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Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners

The following commentary was originally published by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2023. _____________ When you’re trying to persuade someone to help you, it’s sometimes necessary to offer them a few incentives. The goal should be to make sure that everyone gets something they need out of the

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Liberation of crypto is incredible win for Hawaii

What a nice surprise it was this week when I learned that the state Division of Financial Institutions had quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii, just as they can most everywhere else. This is an incredible win for economic freedom in our state, which isn’t known

Read More →

A social tax policy I could agree with

It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year. That’s when we could all breathe a sigh of relief, confident that the desire of politicians to get reelected would keep our wallets safe a little longer. But not this year. An

Read More →

Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature

The start of Hawaii’s annual legislative session is always marked by hope and trepidation. Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? In short, the same old same old? Overall, I

Read More →

What I said to the governor about Maui housing

When facing a challenge such as rebuilding Lahaina, it’s important to work together to get the best possible outcome. Everyone involved won’t always agree on the best approach, but open discussion and debate will give the public a say to help find the best route forward. That’s why on Thursday,

Read More →

Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding.

Photo by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Jan. 8, 2024. ___________ Hawaii’s housing crisis sometimes seems like a formidable monster that can only be defeated by a magical, cure-all solution. But could a lot of little policy changes maybe achieve the

Read More →

Even emergency housing panel unable to act quickly

There is something very telling in the fact that it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation aimed at speeding up homebuilding in Hawaii. The governor’s order, announced in July 2023, established a 36-member Beyond Barriers Working Group to guide the hastening of

Read More →

Three resolutions for a Happy New Year

The new year is almost upon us, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: making a list of resolutions for Hawaii’s policymakers. First and foremost, I suggest they resolve to reduce Hawaii’s tax burden. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best ways to

Read More →

‘E hana kākou’ works at the dinner table too

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather to celebrate, exchange gifts and make memories. Everyone brims with a sense of fellowship and harmony. Until someone brings up politics. No matter what your beliefs, nothing can derail a family get-together like an unexpected political discussion. But

Read More →

Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners

The following commentary was originally published by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2023. _____________ When you’re trying to persuade someone to help you, it’s sometimes necessary to offer them a few incentives. The goal should be to make sure that everyone gets something they need out of the

Read More →