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Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? Policy solutions that the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been promoting for years are quickly gaining steam — and the election underway is proof.  Exempting or reducing the general excise tax on food and medicine, for example,

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Emergency powers reform tops ‘veto list’ discussion

Reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law dominated a discussion intended to be a review of bills from the 2022 legislative session that Gov. David Ige has said he intends to veto. Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, joined radio host Johnny Miro of the H.

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Support emergency powers reform in spirit of July 4th

This weekend is a time for celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was the inspiration behind the founding of the United States of America. In Hawaii, this July 4th can be additionally meaningful, as we have the opportunity to defend liberty and uphold the system of political checks and balances

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Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

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Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

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COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

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Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

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Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst

Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? Policy solutions that the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been promoting for years are quickly gaining steam — and the election underway is proof.  Exempting or reducing the general excise tax on food and medicine, for example,

Read More →

Emergency powers reform tops ‘veto list’ discussion

Reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law dominated a discussion intended to be a review of bills from the 2022 legislative session that Gov. David Ige has said he intends to veto. Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, joined radio host Johnny Miro of the H.

Read More →

Support emergency powers reform in spirit of July 4th

This weekend is a time for celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which was the inspiration behind the founding of the United States of America. In Hawaii, this July 4th can be additionally meaningful, as we have the opportunity to defend liberty and uphold the system of political checks and balances

Read More →

Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

Read More →

Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

Read More →

COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

Read More →

Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

Read More →