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Emergency orders our newest emergency

Hawaii desperately needs to fix some of the problems that have been bedeviling us for so long, such as the housing crisis and shortage of healthcare personnel. But there is a right way to do so and a wrong way. The wrong way is for the governor to declare an emergency

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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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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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Still critical that we rein in state’s emergency powers

Many of the most draconian measures of Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures have been lifted, but it still is important that we reform the state’s emergency-management law, according to Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, and Malia Blom Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Ma and

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We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?

We are finally breathing a little more freely. As of today, Hawaii’s mask mandate is officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19 state of emergency. Masks are still required for TheBus and TheHandi-Van, airlines and other forms of public transportation, in accordance with a still-existing federal

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After the last 2 years, ‘We need to laugh a little bit’

The coronavirus lockdowns of the last two years pretty much lived up to the low expectations of the featured speaker at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s 20th Anniversary Gala Matt Kibbe — economist, author, podcaster and self-described “crazy libertarian who expects the very worst from government” — said even he

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Emergency orders our newest emergency

Hawaii desperately needs to fix some of the problems that have been bedeviling us for so long, such as the housing crisis and shortage of healthcare personnel. But there is a right way to do so and a wrong way. The wrong way is for the governor to declare an emergency

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 →

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 →

Still critical that we rein in state’s emergency powers

Many of the most draconian measures of Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures have been lifted, but it still is important that we reform the state’s emergency-management law, according to Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, and Malia Blom Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Ma and

Read More →

We can breathe freely again; what have we learned?

We are finally breathing a little more freely. As of today, Hawaii’s mask mandate is officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19 state of emergency. Masks are still required for TheBus and TheHandi-Van, airlines and other forms of public transportation, in accordance with a still-existing federal

Read More →

After the last 2 years, ‘We need to laugh a little bit’

The coronavirus lockdowns of the last two years pretty much lived up to the low expectations of the featured speaker at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s 20th Anniversary Gala Matt Kibbe — economist, author, podcaster and self-described “crazy libertarian who expects the very worst from government” — said even he

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