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Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

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Legislature’s turn to act on housing

The following commentary was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 8 2023. __________ Gov. Josh Green has accomplished what housing advocates have wanted for years: He reduced red tape that has frustrated the growth of affordable housing. Now the pressure is on the Legislature to enact permanent reform.

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Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

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Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

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Jones Act a costly failure

  “The Jones Act is expensive and ineffective. Trying to prop it up with questionable studies and faulty logic is a path to disaster.” That was the conclusion of Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, as stated in a commentary published earlier this month in Washington, D.C.-based

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Jones Act waivers not a solution

Residents of Hawaii — like the residents of any area regularly visited by hurricanes — know how to prepare for a big storm. Plywood goes up on windows. Yards are cleared of debris. Supermarket shelves are stripped bare as people stock up on water, food and emergency supplies. The sad irony is

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Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

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Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

Read More →

Legislature’s turn to act on housing

The following commentary was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 8 2023. __________ Gov. Josh Green has accomplished what housing advocates have wanted for years: He reduced red tape that has frustrated the growth of affordable housing. Now the pressure is on the Legislature to enact permanent reform.

Read More →

Legislators need right job-creation map

This commentary was originally published Sunday, July 19, 2020, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _____________ Worried about the loss of tourism, widespread unemployment and economic slowdown? Fear not. The Hawaii Legislature plans to fix it all through its powers of legislation. That might seem a bit optimistic for a legislative body

Read More →

Maui needs a ‘road map to prosperity’ — and here it is

This commentary was published originally in The Maui News on June 23, 2020. ______________ Maui is slowly getting back to business after the COVID-19 lockdown, but for residents who are surveying the economic damage, there is a serious question to be addressed. Can the economy be “restarted” effectively? After all,

Read More →

Jones Act a costly failure

  “The Jones Act is expensive and ineffective. Trying to prop it up with questionable studies and faulty logic is a path to disaster.” That was the conclusion of Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, as stated in a commentary published earlier this month in Washington, D.C.-based

Read More →

Jones Act waivers not a solution

Residents of Hawaii — like the residents of any area regularly visited by hurricanes — know how to prepare for a big storm. Plywood goes up on windows. Yards are cleared of debris. Supermarket shelves are stripped bare as people stock up on water, food and emergency supplies. The sad irony is

Read More →
Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

Read More →