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“Hawaii Together”

Foley hails Legislature’s inroads on corruption

The recently concluded 2023 legislative session might have been disappointing on many fronts. But not all was doom and gloom. According to retired Judge Dan Foley, meaningful progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability in our government.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech

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‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis

The idea of taxing so-called empty homes has gained currency in recent years among state and county lawmakers. But what is the evidence that such a tax can really work?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Jensen Ahokovi told host Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of

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Can invasive species become part of Hawaii’s kitchen?

Hawaii’s various invasive species could provide an opportunity to expand meat production, but there are a few barriers, according to Bryan Mayer, a nationally recognized meat educator and butcher who appeared on this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii. “Hawaii has an unbelievable amount of resources to feed

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Helton outlines ways to counter property tax increases in Hawaii

Housing prices in Hawaii have skyrocketed in recent years. And because county property taxes are linked to property assessments, so have property tax bills. But county lawmakers do have it in their power to prevent or at least mitigate property tax increases, through numerous means such as those outlined in

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How Hawaii can improve its transportation systems

Baruch Feigenbaum pulled no punches on Tuesday when discussing reforms that might solve some of Hawaii’s transportation challenges. Feigenbaum, senior managing director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, told host Keli’i Akina on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii that, “sadly, just about everyone in transportation is

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There’s always room for more food — and more ‘food freedom’

There’s always room for more food, says Meagan Forbes, an attorney with the Institute for Justice. That means local restaurants, bakeries and other established commercial food outlets don’t have to see food made in home kitchens as a threat to their businesses.  Forbes said on this week’s episode of ThinkTech

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Housing expert says Hawaii fits pattern of areas losing residents

Honolulu fits the pattern of a handful of big cities on the mainland whose residents have been moving away due to lack of housing, according to nationally recognized housing expert Kevin Erdmann.  “If you just looked at the migration statistics,” he told host Keli‘i Akina on this week’s “Hawaii Together”

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Hosted STR owners question Hawaii isle regulatory offensive

Hawaii island landowner, coffee farmer and vacation rental host Joshua Montgomery has called on county officials to honor the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath for doctors — first, do no harm — as they consider imposing additional regulations on short-term rentals that could negatively affect thousands of families. Hawaii

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GET exemption is ‘low-hanging fruit’ to help fix Hawaii doctor shortage

Hawaii lawmakers don’t have the luxury of waiting any longer to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s worsening healthcare provider shortage, according to a longtime Hawaii island radiologist and active member of the Hawaii Provider Shortage Crisis Task Force. Dr. Scott Grosskreutz underscored this urgency, especially regarding neighbor island

Read More →

Foley hails Legislature’s inroads on corruption

The recently concluded 2023 legislative session might have been disappointing on many fronts. But not all was doom and gloom. According to retired Judge Dan Foley, meaningful progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability in our government.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech

Read More →

‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis

The idea of taxing so-called empty homes has gained currency in recent years among state and county lawmakers. But what is the evidence that such a tax can really work?  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together,” guest Jensen Ahokovi told host Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of

Read More →

Can invasive species become part of Hawaii’s kitchen?

Hawaii’s various invasive species could provide an opportunity to expand meat production, but there are a few barriers, according to Bryan Mayer, a nationally recognized meat educator and butcher who appeared on this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii. “Hawaii has an unbelievable amount of resources to feed

Read More →

Helton outlines ways to counter property tax increases in Hawaii

Housing prices in Hawaii have skyrocketed in recent years. And because county property taxes are linked to property assessments, so have property tax bills. But county lawmakers do have it in their power to prevent or at least mitigate property tax increases, through numerous means such as those outlined in

Read More →

How Hawaii can improve its transportation systems

Baruch Feigenbaum pulled no punches on Tuesday when discussing reforms that might solve some of Hawaii’s transportation challenges. Feigenbaum, senior managing director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, told host Keli’i Akina on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii that, “sadly, just about everyone in transportation is

Read More →

There’s always room for more food — and more ‘food freedom’

There’s always room for more food, says Meagan Forbes, an attorney with the Institute for Justice. That means local restaurants, bakeries and other established commercial food outlets don’t have to see food made in home kitchens as a threat to their businesses.  Forbes said on this week’s episode of ThinkTech

Read More →

Housing expert says Hawaii fits pattern of areas losing residents

Honolulu fits the pattern of a handful of big cities on the mainland whose residents have been moving away due to lack of housing, according to nationally recognized housing expert Kevin Erdmann.  “If you just looked at the migration statistics,” he told host Keli‘i Akina on this week’s “Hawaii Together”

Read More →

Hosted STR owners question Hawaii isle regulatory offensive

Hawaii island landowner, coffee farmer and vacation rental host Joshua Montgomery has called on county officials to honor the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath for doctors — first, do no harm — as they consider imposing additional regulations on short-term rentals that could negatively affect thousands of families. Hawaii

Read More →

GET exemption is ‘low-hanging fruit’ to help fix Hawaii doctor shortage

Hawaii lawmakers don’t have the luxury of waiting any longer to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s worsening healthcare provider shortage, according to a longtime Hawaii island radiologist and active member of the Hawaii Provider Shortage Crisis Task Force. Dr. Scott Grosskreutz underscored this urgency, especially regarding neighbor island

Read More →