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“Hawaii Together”

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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How to fix Hawaii’s COVID-19 citation nightmare

The state judiciary system is swamped, and thousands of residents stand to gain criminal records for violating COVID-19 restrictions Tens of thousands of Hawaii residents have received citations over the past 14 months for violating the governor’s ever-changing and often-confusing COVID-19 emergency orders, which means we soon could be having tens of thousands of

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On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

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Housing bill wrong way to help Maui working families, Sugimura says

How to create more affordable housing on Maui was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Yuki Lei Sugimura, a five-year member of the Maui County Council, was the program’s special guest. She spoke with Akina in particular about a proposed Maui ordinance,

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‘Perfect storm’ for rail an opportunity, HART board member says

During Keli‘i Akina”s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Joe Uno of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation candidly explained why he thinks the way-behind-schedule Honolulu rail project is ready for a new direction. Echoing a point he made recently in a commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Uno urged that HART consider a “Plan C” for the

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Should Hawaii raise taxes on the rich?

Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, was special guest on Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, on March 29, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, and the topic, as you might guess, was taxes. Specifically, whether should Hawaii increase taxes on the so-called rich. Part of the

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Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

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‘It’s hard to say if they’re schizophrenic or not’

Joe Kent was featured guest on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii network on March 1, 2021, and his first observation about legislators at the 2021 Legislature was, “It’s hard to say if they’re schizophrenic or not.” Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was

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Akina, Weinberg tackle Hawaii’s flawed accounting practices

Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the one of the nation’s most important government watchdog groups, Truth in Accounting, was the special guest Feb. 15, 2021, on Keli’i Akina’ “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. The show took place on the heels of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitting a

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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

Read More →

How to fix Hawaii’s COVID-19 citation nightmare

The state judiciary system is swamped, and thousands of residents stand to gain criminal records for violating COVID-19 restrictions Tens of thousands of Hawaii residents have received citations over the past 14 months for violating the governor’s ever-changing and often-confusing COVID-19 emergency orders, which means we soon could be having tens of thousands of

Read More →

On the defeat of Bill 10 and why housing on Maui is so expensive

The defeat of Bill 10 on Maui and why housing is so expensive on Maui were among topics of discussion between Keli’i Akina and Jason Economou on Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired May 10, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network Economou, an attorney, is government affairs director for

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Housing bill wrong way to help Maui working families, Sugimura says

How to create more affordable housing on Maui was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Yuki Lei Sugimura, a five-year member of the Maui County Council, was the program’s special guest. She spoke with Akina in particular about a proposed Maui ordinance,

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‘Perfect storm’ for rail an opportunity, HART board member says

During Keli‘i Akina”s “Hawaii Together” program on Monday, Joe Uno of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation candidly explained why he thinks the way-behind-schedule Honolulu rail project is ready for a new direction. Echoing a point he made recently in a commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Uno urged that HART consider a “Plan C” for the

Read More →

Should Hawaii raise taxes on the rich?

Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, was special guest on Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, on March 29, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, and the topic, as you might guess, was taxes. Specifically, whether should Hawaii increase taxes on the so-called rich. Part of the

Read More →

Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

Read More →

‘It’s hard to say if they’re schizophrenic or not’

Joe Kent was featured guest on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii network on March 1, 2021, and his first observation about legislators at the 2021 Legislature was, “It’s hard to say if they’re schizophrenic or not.” Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was

Read More →

Akina, Weinberg tackle Hawaii’s flawed accounting practices

Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of the one of the nation’s most important government watchdog groups, Truth in Accounting, was the special guest Feb. 15, 2021, on Keli’i Akina’ “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. The show took place on the heels of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitting a

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