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Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims

Usually when people negotiate, they are looking for a “win-win” result — one that will leave everyone happy — or at least satisfied. Ideally, no one is left feeling angry or taken advantage of. Hawaii’s leaders should keep that in mind as they try to persuade short-term rental owners to

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Grateful to work with you for a better Hawaii

Aloha, and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your loved ones are celebrating all that we have to be grateful for — including our freedoms and the opportunity to voice our views on how best to advance the goal of a better Hawaii. And thank you so much for reading

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Property rights, deregulation Lahaina’s best hope

The following commentary was originally published by RealClearPolicy on Nov. 20, 2023. ____________ It took less than a day in early August for wildfires to kill almost a hundred people and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of property in Lahaina, on the western side of Maui island in Hawaii. But

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Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

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YIGBY law would be “dream situation” for Hawaii housing

Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, my Grassroot Institute of Hawaii colleague Ted Kefalas stood in for me as the host to interview the Rev. Joshua Hayashi, chief executive

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Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Anyone wanting to renovate, repair, or build a home in Honolulu can typically expect to wait months or even years before being issued a permit. The situation has become so

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Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

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Monsters of our own making

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to tell you a spooky story about a monster. The mere whisper of the monster can be enough to terrify the community. Some speak in hushed tones and others shout with alarm and dread about how its large, shambling form is a grotesque

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Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2023. ___________ The fires that razed Lahaina on Maui have left Hawaii grieving the loss of life, property and heritage in that beautiful and historic town. Now, as volunteers, government officials, and residents begin the task of

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Stop permitting favoritism

All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others. With apologies to George Orwell, that was the thought that kept running through my mind as I read Honolulu Civil Beat’s new exposé on wait times at the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. In Orwell’s 1945 classic “Animal Farm,” the

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Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims

Usually when people negotiate, they are looking for a “win-win” result — one that will leave everyone happy — or at least satisfied. Ideally, no one is left feeling angry or taken advantage of. Hawaii’s leaders should keep that in mind as they try to persuade short-term rental owners to

Read More →

Grateful to work with you for a better Hawaii

Aloha, and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your loved ones are celebrating all that we have to be grateful for — including our freedoms and the opportunity to voice our views on how best to advance the goal of a better Hawaii. And thank you so much for reading

Read More →

Property rights, deregulation Lahaina’s best hope

The following commentary was originally published by RealClearPolicy on Nov. 20, 2023. ____________ It took less than a day in early August for wildfires to kill almost a hundred people and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of property in Lahaina, on the western side of Maui island in Hawaii. But

Read More →

Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

Read More →

YIGBY law would be “dream situation” for Hawaii housing

Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, my Grassroot Institute of Hawaii colleague Ted Kefalas stood in for me as the host to interview the Rev. Joshua Hayashi, chief executive

Read More →

Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Anyone wanting to renovate, repair, or build a home in Honolulu can typically expect to wait months or even years before being issued a permit. The situation has become so

Read More →

Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

Read More →

Monsters of our own making

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to tell you a spooky story about a monster. The mere whisper of the monster can be enough to terrify the community. Some speak in hushed tones and others shout with alarm and dread about how its large, shambling form is a grotesque

Read More →

Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Oct. 21, 2023. ___________ The fires that razed Lahaina on Maui have left Hawaii grieving the loss of life, property and heritage in that beautiful and historic town. Now, as volunteers, government officials, and residents begin the task of

Read More →

Stop permitting favoritism

All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others. With apologies to George Orwell, that was the thought that kept running through my mind as I read Honolulu Civil Beat’s new exposé on wait times at the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. In Orwell’s 1945 classic “Animal Farm,” the

Read More →