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Land and Power Atop Mauna Kea

What’s really behind the current controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)? Is it a conflict of religion vs. science?  Hawaiian culture vs. Western technology? What many don’t realize is that there is a bottom-line economic consideration at stake as well.   Mauna Kea represents land and power, and OHA has a financial interest

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To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role

Across the nation, a “horizontal” battle between taxi cab companies and emerging ride-share networks such as Uber and Lyft is unfolding. Unfortunately, a profound “vertical” battle, can be overlooked – and that is the battle between the free market and government over-regulation. Asked where Grassroot stands, we are promoters of

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Grassroot Institute Testimony on Public-Private Partnerships

On April 8th, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor as well as the Senate Committee on Ways and Means heard public testimony on HB 1075, which would authorize the Maui Hospital System to enter into a public-private partnership for the betterment of its health services. Below are the oral comments

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Why the Lawsuit Against the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission Is Necessary

Why is Grassroot Institute demanding that the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, release information the public has the right to know?  This week, the non-profit group Judicial Watch filed a suit against the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission seeking to compel them to disclose the enrollment list

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Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

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Efforts to divide Hawaiians from non-Hawaiians

This article was first published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Redefining Native Hawaiians as a tribe would disrespect history and benefit only a few As a proud ethnic Hawaiian and loyal United States citizen, I am troubled by efforts to divide Hawaiians from non-Hawaiians by creating a sovereign race-based tribe or

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Grassroot Testimony on Internet Taxation

March 20, 2014 To: Senate Committee on Ways & Means Sen. David Y. Ige, Chair Sen. Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB 2135 — RELATING TO TAXATION   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Grassroot Testimony on GMO Labeling

March 20, 2014 To: House Committee on Agriculture Rep. Jessica Wooley, Chair Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 2435 HD1 PROPOSED — RELATING TO AGRICULTURE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: From ancient times the Hippocratic Oath

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Grassroot Testimony on the Minimum Wage Bill

March 18, 2014 To: House Committee on Labor & Public Employment Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB2609 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Land and Power Atop Mauna Kea

What’s really behind the current controversy over the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT)? Is it a conflict of religion vs. science?  Hawaiian culture vs. Western technology? What many don’t realize is that there is a bottom-line economic consideration at stake as well.   Mauna Kea represents land and power, and OHA has a financial interest

Read More →

To Taxi or Ride-share?: Limiting Government’s Role

Across the nation, a “horizontal” battle between taxi cab companies and emerging ride-share networks such as Uber and Lyft is unfolding. Unfortunately, a profound “vertical” battle, can be overlooked – and that is the battle between the free market and government over-regulation. Asked where Grassroot stands, we are promoters of

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Testimony on Public-Private Partnerships

On April 8th, the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor as well as the Senate Committee on Ways and Means heard public testimony on HB 1075, which would authorize the Maui Hospital System to enter into a public-private partnership for the betterment of its health services. Below are the oral comments

Read More →

Why the Lawsuit Against the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission Is Necessary

Why is Grassroot Institute demanding that the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, release information the public has the right to know?  This week, the non-profit group Judicial Watch filed a suit against the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission seeking to compel them to disclose the enrollment list

Read More →

Will Free Markets Lead to a Freer Hong Kong?

A few weeks ago, I was in Hong Kong when the government of the People’s Republic of China issued its response to Hong Kong’s request for a free election of its chief executive. While a free election would be allowed, the nominees would first need to be approved by Communist

Read More →

Efforts to divide Hawaiians from non-Hawaiians

This article was first published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Redefining Native Hawaiians as a tribe would disrespect history and benefit only a few As a proud ethnic Hawaiian and loyal United States citizen, I am troubled by efforts to divide Hawaiians from non-Hawaiians by creating a sovereign race-based tribe or

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on Internet Taxation

March 20, 2014 To: Senate Committee on Ways & Means Sen. David Y. Ige, Chair Sen. Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB 2135 — RELATING TO TAXATION   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Grassroot Testimony on GMO Labeling

March 20, 2014 To: House Committee on Agriculture Rep. Jessica Wooley, Chair Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 2435 HD1 PROPOSED — RELATING TO AGRICULTURE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: From ancient times the Hippocratic Oath

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on the Minimum Wage Bill

March 18, 2014 To: House Committee on Labor & Public Employment Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB2609 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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