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Agriculture

Helton hails Hawaii Island bill as direction for Oahu beekeeping

The future of beekeeping in Hawaii appears to be heading in two very different directions, depending on the island.  Speaking this past Sunday with radio host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media network, Grassroot Institute policy researcher Jonathan Helton discussed the contrasting beekeeping-related zoning bills before the county councils

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Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers

The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses Hawaii Island beekeepers have been clamoring for some time for changes to the county’s zoning regulations that would help them expand what is already a $10 million industry on Hawaii

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Enact HB2144 to help auntie sell her homemade foods

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Agriculture and Food Systems on Feb. 7, 2024. _____________ Feb. 7, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 415 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Agriculture and Food Systems    

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SB2106 would relax rules on homemade food businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Environment on Feb. 2, 2024. ___________ Feb. 2, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment        Sen. Mike

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Akina, Miyamoto discuss challenges facing Hawaii ag

Farming and agriculture have been steadily declining in Hawaii in recent decades, but Brian Miyamoto, executive director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, has a vision to rejuvenate the industry.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Miyamoto joined program host Keliʻi Akina, president and CEO of the

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New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

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Can invasive species become part of Hawaii’s kitchen?

Hawaii’s various invasive species could provide an opportunity to expand meat production, but there are a few barriers, according to Bryan Mayer, a nationally recognized meat educator and butcher who appeared on this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii. “Hawaii has an unbelievable amount of resources to feed

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Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

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Federal laws we could do without

To borrow from Tolstoy’s famous quote about families, good laws are often alike, but bad laws are bad in their own way. This comes to mind because in July I attended FreedomFest 2019 in Las Vegas, where I participated in a panel discussion on the “dirty dozen” of federal laws, moderated

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Helton hails Hawaii Island bill as direction for Oahu beekeeping

The future of beekeeping in Hawaii appears to be heading in two very different directions, depending on the island.  Speaking this past Sunday with radio host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media network, Grassroot Institute policy researcher Jonathan Helton discussed the contrasting beekeeping-related zoning bills before the county councils

Read More →

Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers

The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses Hawaii Island beekeepers have been clamoring for some time for changes to the county’s zoning regulations that would help them expand what is already a $10 million industry on Hawaii

Read More →

Enact HB2144 to help auntie sell her homemade foods

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Agriculture and Food Systems on Feb. 7, 2024. _____________ Feb. 7, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 415 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Agriculture and Food Systems    

Read More →

SB2106 would relax rules on homemade food businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Agriculture and the Environment on Feb. 2, 2024. ___________ Feb. 2, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment        Sen. Mike

Read More →

Akina, Miyamoto discuss challenges facing Hawaii ag

Farming and agriculture have been steadily declining in Hawaii in recent decades, but Brian Miyamoto, executive director of the Hawaii Farm Bureau, has a vision to rejuvenate the industry.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Miyamoto joined program host Keliʻi Akina, president and CEO of the

Read More →

New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

Read More →

Can invasive species become part of Hawaii’s kitchen?

Hawaii’s various invasive species could provide an opportunity to expand meat production, but there are a few barriers, according to Bryan Mayer, a nationally recognized meat educator and butcher who appeared on this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii. “Hawaii has an unbelievable amount of resources to feed

Read More →

Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

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Testimony: ‘Local Food Act’ would help economic development

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator

Read More →

Federal laws we could do without

To borrow from Tolstoy’s famous quote about families, good laws are often alike, but bad laws are bad in their own way. This comes to mind because in July I attended FreedomFest 2019 in Las Vegas, where I participated in a panel discussion on the “dirty dozen” of federal laws, moderated

Read More →