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“Hawaii Together”

PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

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Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

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Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

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Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

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Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed, Part II

A recent article by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associated Melissa Newsham, “Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed,” was the basis of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Also on the program was Malia Hill, the institute’s policy director, who wrote the January 2021 report

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Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

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Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

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Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

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Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

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PBN editor laments government, media handling of COVID crisis

There are many reason to complain about how Hawaii has dealt with the coronavirus threat to public health, and business journalist and columnist Kam Napier covered a lot of them in his Oct. 11, 2021, appearance on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program. Napier is editor in chief of Hawaii’s leading business publication,

Read More →

Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

Read More →

Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

Read More →

Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

Read More →

Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

Read More →

Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed, Part II

A recent article by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associated Melissa Newsham, “Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed,” was the basis of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Also on the program was Malia Hill, the institute’s policy director, who wrote the January 2021 report

Read More →

Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

Read More →

Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

Read More →

Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

Read More →

Do it for Hawaii: Reform the Jones Act and PVSA

The 1920 Jones Act and the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act have been in the national news recently, so Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, devoted his latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii to the topic of why both of these destructive, protectionist federal maritime laws

Read More →