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Grassroot Institute Releases Government Data on OpenHawaii.org

OpenHawaii.org to Make Government Data Open to the Public HONOLULU, HAWAII—Mar. 12, 2015 — In response to difficulties encountered by citizens and media seeking public records, the Grassroot Institute is launching OpenHawaii.org, a site dedicated to providing access to hard to obtain government data for the purpose of holding government

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The “Rail” World, San Francisco

In a recent episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviewed LaVonda Atkinson, the now-famous whistle-blower on the San Francisco Rail project. Atkinson’s experience offers some important lessons for Hawaii. Not only in terms of how our Rail project has the potential to overrun costs and timelines in

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Would better funding for OIP improve transparency?

In 2012, a 50 state survey of government integrity graded each state on how vulnerable it was to corruption. The criteria included separate evaluations on a number of issues, from internal auditing to political financing and various accountability provisions. One of the most telling grades came under the heading of

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Video: Exposing the Dark Side of Paradise

Although most visitors associate swaying palm trees, sunny skies and tranquil beaches with the paradise known as Hawaii, anyone who has lived here for a while learns that there is a dark side of this paradise. One man whose mission it is to expose the dark side is Carroll Cox,

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Grassroot Discusses Campaign Spending on HNN

Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina recently appeared on Hawaii News Now to discuss the investigation into Rep. Romy Cachola’s campaign spending irregularities. The inquiry by the state Campaign Spending Commission is looking into a number of questionable expenses by Rep. Cachola over the course of his political career, including the

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Grassroot Institute Releases Government Data on OpenHawaii.org

OpenHawaii.org to Make Government Data Open to the Public HONOLULU, HAWAII—Mar. 12, 2015 — In response to difficulties encountered by citizens and media seeking public records, the Grassroot Institute is launching OpenHawaii.org, a site dedicated to providing access to hard to obtain government data for the purpose of holding government

Read More →

The “Rail” World, San Francisco

In a recent episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviewed LaVonda Atkinson, the now-famous whistle-blower on the San Francisco Rail project. Atkinson’s experience offers some important lessons for Hawaii. Not only in terms of how our Rail project has the potential to overrun costs and timelines in

Read More →

Would better funding for OIP improve transparency?

In 2012, a 50 state survey of government integrity graded each state on how vulnerable it was to corruption. The criteria included separate evaluations on a number of issues, from internal auditing to political financing and various accountability provisions. One of the most telling grades came under the heading of

Read More →

Video: Exposing the Dark Side of Paradise

Although most visitors associate swaying palm trees, sunny skies and tranquil beaches with the paradise known as Hawaii, anyone who has lived here for a while learns that there is a dark side of this paradise. One man whose mission it is to expose the dark side is Carroll Cox,

Read More →

Grassroot Discusses Campaign Spending on HNN

Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina recently appeared on Hawaii News Now to discuss the investigation into Rep. Romy Cachola’s campaign spending irregularities. The inquiry by the state Campaign Spending Commission is looking into a number of questionable expenses by Rep. Cachola over the course of his political career, including the

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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