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How red tape defeats the goal of ‘affordable’ housing

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Good intentions not only make bad material for paving roads, they’re also not a great

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Tribute to Dick Rowland: Beacon of liberty

This short video montage was presented on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the conclusion of a one-hour online tribute to Hawaii’s own beacon of liberty, Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder and chairman emeritus of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who died Nov. 28, 2020, at age 90. It’s a moving and quick review

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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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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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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 your board chairman, Robin Stueber

By Melissa Newsham For those of you who have never met Robin Stueber, she has been with the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii since its founding in 2001, serving in various capacities, including succeeding Dick Rowland in 2017 as its chairman.  Through the years, she has kept busy professionally by working

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Candidate Interview: Joe Blackburn

Joe Blackburn is running for Maui County Council, representing Waihee, Wailuku and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidate Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe Kent: “Agriculture is in flux right now on Maui. A lot of farmers

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Candidate Interview: Keith Regan

Keith Regan is running for Maui County Council, representing Wailuku, Waihee, and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidates Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe: “On Maui we have a mayor and we have a county council,

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How red tape defeats the goal of ‘affordable’ housing

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Good intentions not only make bad material for paving roads, they’re also not a great

Read More →

Tribute to Dick Rowland: Beacon of liberty

This short video montage was presented on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2020, at the conclusion of a one-hour online tribute to Hawaii’s own beacon of liberty, Richard “Dick” Rowland, founder and chairman emeritus of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who died Nov. 28, 2020, at age 90. It’s a moving and quick review

Read More →

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 →

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 →

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

Read More →

Meet your board chairman, Robin Stueber

By Melissa Newsham For those of you who have never met Robin Stueber, she has been with the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii since its founding in 2001, serving in various capacities, including succeeding Dick Rowland in 2017 as its chairman.  Through the years, she has kept busy professionally by working

Read More →

Candidate Interview: Joe Blackburn

Joe Blackburn is running for Maui County Council, representing Waihee, Wailuku and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidate Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe Kent: “Agriculture is in flux right now on Maui. A lot of farmers

Read More →

Candidate Interview: Keith Regan

Keith Regan is running for Maui County Council, representing Wailuku, Waihee, and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidates Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe: “On Maui we have a mayor and we have a county council,

Read More →