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“Hawaii Together”

An insider’s look at the federal Jones Act

One of the issues that has been very important to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii through the years has been the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act.  Following up on the release our our groundbreaking study, “Quantifying the cost of the Jones Act to Hawaii,” institute President

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Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

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Kent, Akina discuss ‘How to balance Hawaii’s budget’

“How to balance Hawaii’s budget” was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” episode, Monday, June 22, 2020, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. The special guest was Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Akina is president and CEO of the institute, which that very day had submitted

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‘Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus’

“Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus” was the topic of a half-hour conversation between Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy and host Keli’i Akina on the “Hawaii Together” program of April 13, 2020. Streamed live on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, the show paid special attention to Gov. David Ige’s suspension

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VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

With expertise in both genetic science and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Mai Wang has set her sites on helping find a solution to the coronavirus crisis facing the world today. The former Honolulu resident, now living in Hong Kong, was interviewed Monday, March 16, 2020, by Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on

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Minimum-wage increases: What we can learn from Seattle

Minium-wage researcher Jacob Vigdor appeared on Keili’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” interview program on Monday, March 2, 2020, to talk about what Hawaii can learn from Seattle’s recent increase in its minimum wage. In Hawaii, the state Legislature seems poised to increase Hawaii’s legal minimum wage to $13 an hour over

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How we can regain control of state spending

Here is a preview of what you can expect if you attend our presentations later month — Feb. 12 on Maui and Feb. 14 on Oahu — featuring Dan Mitchell, widely known as a straight-talking, highly knowledgable economist who will explain how Hawaii can implement a meaningful state spending cap

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Taking back our right to choose medicines

Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions More Available,” the pair talked about how drug

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‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

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An insider’s look at the federal Jones Act

One of the issues that has been very important to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii through the years has been the protectionist federal maritime law known as the Jones Act.  Following up on the release our our groundbreaking study, “Quantifying the cost of the Jones Act to Hawaii,” institute President

Read More →

Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

Read More →

Kent, Akina discuss ‘How to balance Hawaii’s budget’

“How to balance Hawaii’s budget” was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” episode, Monday, June 22, 2020, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. The special guest was Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Akina is president and CEO of the institute, which that very day had submitted

Read More →

‘Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus’

“Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus” was the topic of a half-hour conversation between Honolulu attorney Jeffrey Portnoy and host Keli’i Akina on the “Hawaii Together” program of April 13, 2020. Streamed live on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, the show paid special attention to Gov. David Ige’s suspension

Read More →

VIDEO: Coronavirus report from Hong Kong

With expertise in both genetic science and traditional Chinese medicine, Dr. Mai Wang has set her sites on helping find a solution to the coronavirus crisis facing the world today. The former Honolulu resident, now living in Hong Kong, was interviewed Monday, March 16, 2020, by Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on

Read More →

Minimum-wage increases: What we can learn from Seattle

Minium-wage researcher Jacob Vigdor appeared on Keili’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” interview program on Monday, March 2, 2020, to talk about what Hawaii can learn from Seattle’s recent increase in its minimum wage. In Hawaii, the state Legislature seems poised to increase Hawaii’s legal minimum wage to $13 an hour over

Read More →

How we can regain control of state spending

Here is a preview of what you can expect if you attend our presentations later month — Feb. 12 on Maui and Feb. 14 on Oahu — featuring Dan Mitchell, widely known as a straight-talking, highly knowledgable economist who will explain how Hawaii can implement a meaningful state spending cap

Read More →

Taking back our right to choose medicines

Health policy expert Dr. Jeffrey Singer of Arizona was the guest on the Jan. 20 edition of “Hawaii Together,” the bi-weekly program on ThinkTech Hawaii hosted by Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. In an episode titled “Making Prescriptions More Available,” the pair talked about how drug

Read More →

‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

Read More →