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State law never meant to create indefinite emergency

With the state awash in rumors about new COVID-19 restrictions — or even another lockdown — we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making. For more than a year, we have been living under a different kind of governance, with

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New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

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Where’s the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?

No local businesses have had an easy time navigating Hawaii’s state and county lockdowns. But Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system. Even now, many local bars and restaurants are struggling to handle the demands of Tier 5, which requires

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Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

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Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping

The territory’s unique exemption from the U.S.-build requirement of the Jones Act should be applied to the entire U.S. to help boost competition and lower costs For years, Jones Act reform advocates have been urging that American shipping companies be allowed to transport goods from one U.S. port to another

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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

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Coalitions critical if we hope to reform the Jones Act

Webinar panelists were, from left, Bob Gunter, Bethany Marcum, Rafael Velez and Colin Grabow. “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy’s position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.” ~ Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.”

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Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

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It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

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How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

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State law never meant to create indefinite emergency

With the state awash in rumors about new COVID-19 restrictions — or even another lockdown — we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making. For more than a year, we have been living under a different kind of governance, with

Read More →

New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

Read More →

Where’s the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?

No local businesses have had an easy time navigating Hawaii’s state and county lockdowns. But Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system. Even now, many local bars and restaurants are struggling to handle the demands of Tier 5, which requires

Read More →

Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

Read More →

Guam shows value of competition in U.S. shipping

The territory’s unique exemption from the U.S.-build requirement of the Jones Act should be applied to the entire U.S. to help boost competition and lower costs For years, Jones Act reform advocates have been urging that American shipping companies be allowed to transport goods from one U.S. port to another

Read More →

Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

Read More →

Coalitions critical if we hope to reform the Jones Act

Webinar panelists were, from left, Bob Gunter, Bethany Marcum, Rafael Velez and Colin Grabow. “If an enemy has alliances, the problem is grave and the enemy’s position strong; if he has no alliances, the problem is minor and the enemy’s position weak.” ~ Sun Tzu in “The Art of War.”

Read More →

Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

Read More →

It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

Read More →

How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism

This article was published originally by the TravelPulse news and media website on July 9, 2021. ____________ Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t. The 135-year-old Passenger Vessel Services Act is the epitome of the latter. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Great Lakes to the

Read More →