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Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

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NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

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Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

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‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

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‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

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Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week were true to expectations: During fiscal year 2019, Hawaii bade farewell to more residents than ever — a record 13,817, compared to the previous record in fiscal 2017 of 13,537. Overall, more than 60,000 residents have left Hawaii since fiscal 2011,

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Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

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Give everyone a raise by lowering the cost of living

This “Other Voices” commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, on Dec. 25, 2019, in The Garden Island newspaper. _________________ Just about everyone in Hawaii knows by now that we have one of the highest costs of living in the nation,[1] one of the most regressive tax systems[2] and a serious lack of affordable housing.[3] 

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Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

Read More →

Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

Read More →

‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

Read More →

‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

Read More →

Stop the exodus from Hawaii!

Figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week were true to expectations: During fiscal year 2019, Hawaii bade farewell to more residents than ever — a record 13,817, compared to the previous record in fiscal 2017 of 13,537. Overall, more than 60,000 residents have left Hawaii since fiscal 2011,

Read More →

Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019

This article was originally issued as a news release on Dec. 30, 2019. _________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii’s cost of living and lack of opportunities HONOLULU, Dec. 30, 2019 >> Hawaii once again suffered an annual population decrease in fiscal 2019, with a record 13,817 residents moving

Read More →

Give everyone a raise by lowering the cost of living

This “Other Voices” commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, on Dec. 25, 2019, in The Garden Island newspaper. _________________ Just about everyone in Hawaii knows by now that we have one of the highest costs of living in the nation,[1] one of the most regressive tax systems[2] and a serious lack of affordable housing.[3] 

Read More →