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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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End the COVID-19 transparency dodge

Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go. In the past, government agencies here have been criticized for their lack of transparency. Despite the state’s open-records law, some have become notorious for denying open-records requests or delaying their responses. We have seen various legislative proposals meant

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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

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Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

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Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

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Alaska cruising victory bodes well for Hawaii

A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, D.C. Let’s hope it’s contagious. Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii partnered with the Alaska Policy Forum in support of a resolution before the Alaska Legislature that asked Congress to grant the Last Frontier an exemption to

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Hawaii’s tax future now in Gov. David Ige’s hands

Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo This article was originally published May 23, 2021 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _________________ By Keli’i Akina and Tom Yamachika The time is fast approaching when we will learn if Gov. David Ige meant it when he said that tax hikes are “the last thing” our state needs right

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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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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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

Read More →

End the COVID-19 transparency dodge

Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go. In the past, government agencies here have been criticized for their lack of transparency. Despite the state’s open-records law, some have become notorious for denying open-records requests or delaying their responses. We have seen various legislative proposals meant

Read More →

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 →

Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

Read More →

Let’s talk about the Jones Act — all eight of them

Artwork by Stephanie Mahoney You thought you knew what the Jones Act was, right?  Well, think again. Turns out, there are at least eight separate federal Jones Acts.  The Jones Act we discuss most at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the one that costs Hawaii residents more than $1

Read More →

Alaska cruising victory bodes well for Hawaii

A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, D.C. Let’s hope it’s contagious. Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii partnered with the Alaska Policy Forum in support of a resolution before the Alaska Legislature that asked Congress to grant the Last Frontier an exemption to

Read More →

Hawaii’s tax future now in Gov. David Ige’s hands

Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo This article was originally published May 23, 2021 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _________________ By Keli’i Akina and Tom Yamachika The time is fast approaching when we will learn if Gov. David Ige meant it when he said that tax hikes are “the last thing” our state needs right

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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 →