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“Hawaii Together”

Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

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Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

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Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

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Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

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There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

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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,

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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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Oahu short-term rental owners raise alarm about Bill 41

A bill being considered by the Honolulu County Council could potentially devastate Hawaii’s vacation rental industry by limiting short-term rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time. That was the message of short-term rental owners Ed Jones and Peggy Aurand, who joined host Keli’i Akina on

Read More →

Failure to remove Hawaii’s cryptocurrency barriers could be ‘tragic’

On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Alexandra Gaiser helped demystify the concept of cryptocurrency for host Keli’i Akina. Gaiser is director of regulatory affairs for River Financial, one of 15 companies operating in Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab. Speaking with Akina from Washington, D.C., on Jan. 3, 2022,

Read More →

Healthcare bottom line: ‘We have a shortage of all those things’

“Hawaii has done a great job at getting everybody health insurance, but having health insurance does not equate to having access to healthcare.” That was one of the observations expressed by Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation, during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

‘Gut and replace’ decision called ‘great civics lesson’

Hawaii residents were handed a major win for transparency earlier this month when the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled 3-2 that “gut and replace” was unconstitutional. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was one of several watchdog groups that supported the plaintiffs in the case via an amicus curiae brief, which was

Read More →

Vacation rentals — and property rights — in jeopardy on Maui

In the name of increasing affordable housing on Maui, well-intended people are poised to wreak havoc on the island’s vacation rental market. Jen Russo, executive director of the Maui Vacation Rental Association, explained the looming problems during her appearance on the Nov. 8 edition of “Hawaii Together,” hosted by Keli’i

Read More →

There’s a new professor in town, and he favors economic freedom

An economist who upholds the value of free markets has been tapped to lead Hawaii Pacific University’s new Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education. Moreover, the center’s first director is Hawaii born and raised: Gerard Dericks, a former Mid-Pacific Institute student who completed his last year of high school in California, then went

Read More →

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 →