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Accountability

Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

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Akina, Perry discuss Hawaii’s ‘state secrets’ 

Gov. David Ige’s secretive decision-making during the coronavirus crisis has caught the attention of journalists throughout Hawaii, including Michael W. Perry, the state’s most popular radio personality, who yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2020, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on his “Perry & The Posse” program.   Hear

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Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2020. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’ HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today

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Public deserves to know more about emergency decision-making

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdowns, it seems like deja vu all over again. After clamping down in March on Hawaii’s economic and social activities, then gradually reopening ever so slightly, lockdown measures more strict than ever were imposed this week with the promise of

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Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

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Government transparency critical at all times

This commentary appeared originally in The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai, on May 5, 2020. ______________ Ever since March 16, when Gov. David Ige issued his proclamation shutting down the state, the meetings and records of our state and county governments have been officially closed to the public. The governor

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Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaii Gov. David Ige used his emergency powers in March to declare a statewide lockdown of Hawaii’s economy and social fabric. He also suspended the state’s generally excellent open-meetings and open-records laws, leaving Hawaii citizens in the dark about the proceedings of their government. Was it really

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Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

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Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

I don’t envy Gov. David Ige … or any of our government leaders who are struggling with policy decisions during this difficult time.  Weighing public health against economic concerns, constitutional rights and a thousand other factors is no easy task. I believe that the governor and our state policymakers are doing

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Lots of rules, not enough clarity

On Wednesday, I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated than I thought it would. That’s because that same day, Hawaii News Now reported that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, in his continuing attempts to stymie the spread of COVID-19, was about to issue a

Read More →

Akina, Perry discuss Hawaii’s ‘state secrets’ 

Gov. David Ige’s secretive decision-making during the coronavirus crisis has caught the attention of journalists throughout Hawaii, including Michael W. Perry, the state’s most popular radio personality, who yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2020, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on his “Perry & The Posse” program.   Hear

Read More →

Watchdog group urges Ige to release COVID records

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 24, 2020. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the lack of transparency is ‘eroding public trust in the management of the pandemic’ HONOLULU, Aug. 24, 2020 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today

Read More →

Public deserves to know more about emergency decision-making

Photo by Charley Myers When it comes to Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdowns, it seems like deja vu all over again. After clamping down in March on Hawaii’s economic and social activities, then gradually reopening ever so slightly, lockdown measures more strict than ever were imposed this week with the promise of

Read More →

Government accountability scores a victory at Legislature

It was a victory for government accountability and transparency when the Hawaii Legislature approved a bill authorizing the disclosure to lawmakers of the identities of police officers suspended or fired for misconduct. Earlier that same day, Monday, July 5, 2020, University of Hawaii communications professor Gerald Kato had discussed the bill, House Bill 285 on Keli’i

Read More →

Government transparency critical at all times

This commentary appeared originally in The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai, on May 5, 2020. ______________ Ever since March 16, when Gov. David Ige issued his proclamation shutting down the state, the meetings and records of our state and county governments have been officially closed to the public. The governor

Read More →

Democracy in peril: Upholding government transparency during a crisis

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Hawaii Gov. David Ige used his emergency powers in March to declare a statewide lockdown of Hawaii’s economy and social fabric. He also suspended the state’s generally excellent open-meetings and open-records laws, leaving Hawaii citizens in the dark about the proceedings of their government. Was it really

Read More →

Diverse groups with common cause urge policymakers to let sun shine in

Signers call for restoration of open government in Hawaii NEWS RELEASE from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii HONOLULU, March 31, 2020 >> Common Cause Hawaii sent a letter today to Gov. David Ige and the state’s four county mayors, signed by more than 40 groups and individuals, imploring them to restore open government in Hawaii. Hawaii’s

Read More →

Don’t let shutdown block the sunshine

I don’t envy Gov. David Ige … or any of our government leaders who are struggling with policy decisions during this difficult time.  Weighing public health against economic concerns, constitutional rights and a thousand other factors is no easy task. I believe that the governor and our state policymakers are doing

Read More →