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Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

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‘Tokyo model’ could be best housing path for Hawaii

The answer to Hawaii’s affordable housing problem might be in Tokyo, according Edward Pinto, Keli’i Akina’s guest on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Pinto is senior fellow and director at the American Enterprise Institute Housing Center in Washington, D.C., and he talked with Akina on the Feb.

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What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

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Akina, Yamachika ponder legislative push for tax hikes

Hawaii has a budget surplus. Nevertheless, there are many bills in the 2022 Legislature proposing to increase our taxes. On the Feb. 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, host  Keli’i Akina spoke with Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, about the wisdom —

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‘What we really want is a return to balance of powers’

It has been almost two years since Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency because of COVID-19, and so far there is no end in sight. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Policy Director Malia Hill discussed with host Keli’i Akina how the governor’s extended

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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

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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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Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

Read More →

‘Tokyo model’ could be best housing path for Hawaii

The answer to Hawaii’s affordable housing problem might be in Tokyo, according Edward Pinto, Keli’i Akina’s guest on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Pinto is senior fellow and director at the American Enterprise Institute Housing Center in Washington, D.C., and he talked with Akina on the Feb.

Read More →

What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

Read More →

Akina, Yamachika ponder legislative push for tax hikes

Hawaii has a budget surplus. Nevertheless, there are many bills in the 2022 Legislature proposing to increase our taxes. On the Feb. 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, host  Keli’i Akina spoke with Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, about the wisdom —

Read More →

‘What we really want is a return to balance of powers’

It has been almost two years since Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency because of COVID-19, and so far there is no end in sight. On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Policy Director Malia Hill discussed with host Keli’i Akina how the governor’s extended

Read More →

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

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