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Sane budgeting and restoring civil liberties

It was a “twofer” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, when Hawaii radio host Mike Buck spoke with Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on “The Mike Buck Show,” heard daily on AM 65 and FM 92.3, The Answer. Their 20-minute conversation focused on both the institute’s recent news release

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What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

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Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

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Our 10 most-viewed stories of 2020

2020 STARTED OUT like any other year, with most politically active Hawaii residents focused during the first two months on the typical political tussles at the state Legislature. But as March rolled by, everything took a terrible turn. The advent of the coronavirus prompted the governor and county mayors to declare states

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‘These are times that try men’s souls’

For half a year our freedoms have been suspended in the name of public health, and that isn’t healthy Thomas Paine was right when he talked about how “what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” So many of us in Hawaii were simply born into our state of

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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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‘Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century’

“In a perfect world, there would be no Jones Act. … Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.” Those are the words of Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, from his chapter “Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century,”  in the Cato Institute’s recently published book, “The

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Sane budgeting and restoring civil liberties

It was a “twofer” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, when Hawaii radio host Mike Buck spoke with Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on “The Mike Buck Show,” heard daily on AM 65 and FM 92.3, The Answer. Their 20-minute conversation focused on both the institute’s recent news release

Read More →

What we can do to lower the cost of housing in Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is the cover letter we included when we sent two recent housing studies to all lawmakers throughout the islands, at both the state and county levels. Written by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, the letter introduced “How to Build Affordable,

Read More →

Why we issued a report urging reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers

The following is a slightly edited version of Keli’i Akina’s foreword to the new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report “Lockdown Versus Liberty: How Hawaii’s Experience in 2020-21 Demonstrates the Need to Revise the State’s Emergency Powers,” released officially on Jan. 18, 2021. ________________ It is a sobering experience to sit ringside at a

Read More →

Our 10 most-viewed stories of 2020

2020 STARTED OUT like any other year, with most politically active Hawaii residents focused during the first two months on the typical political tussles at the state Legislature. But as March rolled by, everything took a terrible turn. The advent of the coronavirus prompted the governor and county mayors to declare states

Read More →

‘These are times that try men’s souls’

For half a year our freedoms have been suspended in the name of public health, and that isn’t healthy Thomas Paine was right when he talked about how “what we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” So many of us in Hawaii were simply born into our state of

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 →

‘Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century’

“In a perfect world, there would be no Jones Act. … Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.” Those are the words of Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, from his chapter “Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century,”  in the Cato Institute’s recently published book, “The

Read More →