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Will we have to beg for a waiver too?

Watching the controversy unfold over the delivery of fuel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been especially poignant to those of us who live in Hawaii. It’s hard not to look at the delay, political gamesmanship and dueling press statements and wonder how long it will be until Hawaii is in

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

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Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

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Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

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Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?

Hawaii’s high cost of housing has multiple causes, one of which is the time it takes to obtain a building permit, whether that be for a new home, a whole bunch of new homes or even a simple home improvement project. As the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization noted

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Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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New report removes divisive distraction

It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis. Often taking the blame are people from the mainland and elsewhere, who allegedly are crowding out local buyers and driving up Hawaii home prices. However, a landmark new study from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “The ‘outsider’

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Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

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Akina on the question: Was Confucius a libertarian?

The great philosopher’s ideas are “authentically Chinese,” which makes it more likely they can make headway in China   Was Confucius a libertarian? That was the question Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed during a July 16 presentation at the latest annual FreedomFest, held this

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Will we have to beg for a waiver too?

Watching the controversy unfold over the delivery of fuel to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico has been especially poignant to those of us who live in Hawaii. It’s hard not to look at the delay, political gamesmanship and dueling press statements and wonder how long it will be until Hawaii is in

Read More →

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

Read More →

Looking for housing in all the wrong places?

Many people in Hawaii believe the best way to “solve” the state’s housing crisis is through greater government involvement. They believe this even though studies upon studies overwhelmingly show that such involvement is the primary cause of the crisis in the first place. The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization,

Read More →

Top-down energy plans not going down easy

We all know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the country. We also know about the many factors that contribute to those high costs, such as high taxation, too many regulations, not enough homes and the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act. What is less well

Read More →

Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

Read More →

Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?

Hawaii’s high cost of housing has multiple causes, one of which is the time it takes to obtain a building permit, whether that be for a new home, a whole bunch of new homes or even a simple home improvement project. As the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization noted

Read More →

Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

Read More →

New report removes divisive distraction

It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis. Often taking the blame are people from the mainland and elsewhere, who allegedly are crowding out local buyers and driving up Hawaii home prices. However, a landmark new study from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, “The ‘outsider’

Read More →

Think outside the box to cut permit delays

Albert Einstein once pointed out, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s good advice for anyone trying to address Hawaii’s acute lack of housing. Two days ago, a colleague of mine at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Joe Kent, spoke to

Read More →

Akina on the question: Was Confucius a libertarian?

The great philosopher’s ideas are “authentically Chinese,” which makes it more likely they can make headway in China   Was Confucius a libertarian? That was the question Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, addressed during a July 16 presentation at the latest annual FreedomFest, held this

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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