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Meet Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas

The Hawaii attorney has been a valuable adviser concerning property rights and emergency powers issues If you’ve been keeping up to date with the Grassroot Institute’s programs, chances are you know Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas.  Born on Oahu to a plantation worker and U.S. Army officer, Thomas and his military

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You can’t manage what you don’t measure

One thing the state has been doing mostly well throughout this coronavirus crisis has been to report promptly Hawaii’s COVID-19 daily cases.  Most people probably learn about those numbers through the news headlines or their social media feeds. They are valuable to know.  But what if those are the only

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Meet Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member Mark Monoscalco

The former paving contractor joined the board in 2016 and sees 2020 as a pivotal year for Hawaii’s future Mark Monoscalco was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but except for his accent, you wouldn’t necessarily know that from his political inclination toward limited government and individual liberty.

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Meet Grassroot Institute board member Bill Hastings

The Waimea-based attorney says it was a mistake to let government control the response to COVID-19   Robert “Bill” Hastings II, a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member for the past six years, describes himself as a “small-town boy.” Born and raised in western Wyoming, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science

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COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

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Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

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Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

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Meet our award-winning cartoonist, David Swann

After a long career in newspapers, David is now wielding his drawing pens to advance economic freedom  By Melissa Newsham Since coming on board at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late 2017, David Swann has been turning the Grassroot Institute’s ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government

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Meet board member Jonathan Durrett

Photo by Mark Coleman This interview took place before Hawaii’s coronavirus-inspired statewide lockdown was ordered on March 16, 2020. _____________ Durrett: America’s founding is ‘an eternal fountain of inspiration’ Jonathan Durrett has been a valuable member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board of directors for three years now, helping it navigate Hawaii’s

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Meet Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas

The Hawaii attorney has been a valuable adviser concerning property rights and emergency powers issues If you’ve been keeping up to date with the Grassroot Institute’s programs, chances are you know Grassroot Scholar Robert Thomas.  Born on Oahu to a plantation worker and U.S. Army officer, Thomas and his military

Read More →

You can’t manage what you don’t measure

One thing the state has been doing mostly well throughout this coronavirus crisis has been to report promptly Hawaii’s COVID-19 daily cases.  Most people probably learn about those numbers through the news headlines or their social media feeds. They are valuable to know.  But what if those are the only

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member Mark Monoscalco

The former paving contractor joined the board in 2016 and sees 2020 as a pivotal year for Hawaii’s future Mark Monoscalco was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but except for his accent, you wouldn’t necessarily know that from his political inclination toward limited government and individual liberty.

Read More →

Meet Grassroot Institute board member Bill Hastings

The Waimea-based attorney says it was a mistake to let government control the response to COVID-19   Robert “Bill” Hastings II, a Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board member for the past six years, describes himself as a “small-town boy.” Born and raised in western Wyoming, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science

Read More →

COVID-19 crisis a wake-up call for policymakers

After over two months of compulsory lockdowns, Hawaii’s state and county governments in May finally started reopening the economy. At the time, Hawaii had among the lowest number of total coronavirus infections and fatalities nationwide, and it still does. The state’s public health status appeared to be mostly in the

Read More →

Public health shutdown has harmed Hawaii healthcare providers

Businesses and workers throughout Hawaii have suffered huge financial losses over the last few months due to the state and county lockdowns intended to contain the coronavirus pandemic.  As it turns out, the state’s hospitals and healthcare system have not been insulated from this economic destruction.  In the early stages

Read More →

Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

Read More →

Meet our award-winning cartoonist, David Swann

After a long career in newspapers, David is now wielding his drawing pens to advance economic freedom  By Melissa Newsham Since coming on board at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late 2017, David Swann has been turning the Grassroot Institute’s ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government

Read More →

Meet board member Jonathan Durrett

Photo by Mark Coleman This interview took place before Hawaii’s coronavirus-inspired statewide lockdown was ordered on March 16, 2020. _____________ Durrett: America’s founding is ‘an eternal fountain of inspiration’ Jonathan Durrett has been a valuable member of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii board of directors for three years now, helping it navigate Hawaii’s

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