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President’s Corner

How Hawaii can usher in a new era of prosperity

Hawaii is finally starting to open again. Now what? That was the question posed to me yesterday morning by Michael W. Perry, host of the hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on KSSK AM and FM. Fortunately, I had exactly the right prescription. Or, more specifically, the right

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Our new road map puts you in the driver’s seat

There is no quick fix to Hawaii’s economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot spend our way back to a robust economy. We can’t flip a switch and simply “restart” it as if there had never been a lockdown. But there is a path forward that could help

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The lowdown on lockdowns

Photo by Charley Myers Feeling cooped up by the curfews and quarantines? You’re not alone. As Hawaii’s statewide COVID-19 lockdown has stretched now beyond a month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has seen more and more questions from our supporters about the limits of government power. What  gives our state

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Safety vs. freedom: Are there limits to lockdowns?

Photo by Charley Myers Weeks now into Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown, isle residents are doing their best to “flatten the curve.” But if you’ve been wondering when the restrictions will end, you’re not alone. Over the past month, we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have been exploring the ramifications of

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Faced with challenge, the human spirit shines

Photo by Mark Coleman Enough bad news. It’s time to celebrate resilience and the human spirit.  Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the government struggle to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen individuals and the private sector rise to the challenge. Automakers are retooling their factories

Read More →

Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

I don’t envy Gov. David Ige … or any of our government leaders who are struggling with policy decisions during this difficult time.  Weighing public health against economic concerns, constitutional rights and a thousand other factors is no easy task. I believe that the governor and our state policymakers are doing

Read More →

Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

This is a challenging time for all residents of Hawaii. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been discussing the possible impact of the coronavirus for weeks. But even while advising caution in the face of a possible recession, we weren’t contemplating a situation where the Legislature had gone into recess

Read More →

‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

Now that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic, politicians everywhere are scrambling to respond. While we applaud efforts to protect citizens’ health, there is another element that must be accounted for: the virus’ effect on Hawaii’s economy. Earlier this week, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO)

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The green case for Jones Act reform

When we talk about the costs of the Jones Act, we’re usually focused on how it results in higher prices for consumers and businesses and its overall effect on Hawaii’s economy. But those are not the only costs imposed on us by the 100-year-old protectionist law that restricts goods carried between U.S.

Read More →

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

Emergency preparedness in Hawaii usually means being ready to handle lava, hurricanes, tsunamis and floods. But there are other hazards to watch out for as well. This week all worries concerned the coronavirus. The U.S. stock market tumbled, and around the world travel is being suspended and events postponed. For Hawaii,

Read More →

How Hawaii can usher in a new era of prosperity

Hawaii is finally starting to open again. Now what? That was the question posed to me yesterday morning by Michael W. Perry, host of the hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on KSSK AM and FM. Fortunately, I had exactly the right prescription. Or, more specifically, the right

Read More →

Our new road map puts you in the driver’s seat

There is no quick fix to Hawaii’s economic problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot spend our way back to a robust economy. We can’t flip a switch and simply “restart” it as if there had never been a lockdown. But there is a path forward that could help

Read More →

The lowdown on lockdowns

Photo by Charley Myers Feeling cooped up by the curfews and quarantines? You’re not alone. As Hawaii’s statewide COVID-19 lockdown has stretched now beyond a month, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has seen more and more questions from our supporters about the limits of government power. What  gives our state

Read More →

Safety vs. freedom: Are there limits to lockdowns?

Photo by Charley Myers Weeks now into Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown, isle residents are doing their best to “flatten the curve.” But if you’ve been wondering when the restrictions will end, you’re not alone. Over the past month, we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have been exploring the ramifications of

Read More →

Faced with challenge, the human spirit shines

Photo by Mark Coleman Enough bad news. It’s time to celebrate resilience and the human spirit.  Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the government struggle to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen individuals and the private sector rise to the challenge. Automakers are retooling their factories

Read More →

Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

I don’t envy Gov. David Ige … or any of our government leaders who are struggling with policy decisions during this difficult time.  Weighing public health against economic concerns, constitutional rights and a thousand other factors is no easy task. I believe that the governor and our state policymakers are doing

Read More →

Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

This is a challenging time for all residents of Hawaii. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been discussing the possible impact of the coronavirus for weeks. But even while advising caution in the face of a possible recession, we weren’t contemplating a situation where the Legislature had gone into recess

Read More →

‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

Now that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic, politicians everywhere are scrambling to respond. While we applaud efforts to protect citizens’ health, there is another element that must be accounted for: the virus’ effect on Hawaii’s economy. Earlier this week, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO)

Read More →

The green case for Jones Act reform

When we talk about the costs of the Jones Act, we’re usually focused on how it results in higher prices for consumers and businesses and its overall effect on Hawaii’s economy. But those are not the only costs imposed on us by the 100-year-old protectionist law that restricts goods carried between U.S.

Read More →

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

Emergency preparedness in Hawaii usually means being ready to handle lava, hurricanes, tsunamis and floods. But there are other hazards to watch out for as well. This week all worries concerned the coronavirus. The U.S. stock market tumbled, and around the world travel is being suspended and events postponed. For Hawaii,

Read More →