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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

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How the Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii

From property taxes to permitting backlogs, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, covered a wide range of topics during his first-ever visit to the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH-AM.  During the morning radio show on June 8, Kefalas offered insights on issues that are

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Collins ends long service as Grassroot director

Photo by Mark Coleman For almost 15 years, the retired money manager’s financial acumen and love of ideas helped the institute thrive It was a long, good run for Gilbert “Gil” Collins as a director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Collins joined the board in 2007 at the behest

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‘Special audit possibly coming down the line’

News Update:  Honolulu City Council Chair Ron Menor, on Thursday, Aug. 10, through his legislative aide, Mark Watanabe, said he referred Councilmember Trevor Ozawa’s Resolution 17-199 to the Council’s Budget Committee because of rail’s fiscal implications for the city, and, further, he supports passage of the resolution, which requests that the

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Time for change at Hawaii’s airports

Hawaii’s Legislature is on the verge of enacting a major reform that may improve the efficiency of Hawaii’s airports, but while it falls short of full privatization, it may be just what it is needed – for now.

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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

Read More →

How the Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii

From property taxes to permitting backlogs, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, covered a wide range of topics during his first-ever visit to the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH-AM.  During the morning radio show on June 8, Kefalas offered insights on issues that are

Read More →

Collins ends long service as Grassroot director

Photo by Mark Coleman For almost 15 years, the retired money manager’s financial acumen and love of ideas helped the institute thrive It was a long, good run for Gilbert “Gil” Collins as a director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.  Collins joined the board in 2007 at the behest

Read More →

‘Special audit possibly coming down the line’

News Update:  Honolulu City Council Chair Ron Menor, on Thursday, Aug. 10, through his legislative aide, Mark Watanabe, said he referred Councilmember Trevor Ozawa’s Resolution 17-199 to the Council’s Budget Committee because of rail’s fiscal implications for the city, and, further, he supports passage of the resolution, which requests that the

Read More →

Time for change at Hawaii’s airports

Hawaii’s Legislature is on the verge of enacting a major reform that may improve the efficiency of Hawaii’s airports, but while it falls short of full privatization, it may be just what it is needed – for now.

Read More →