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Civil Liberties

What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

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One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

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Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

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Are we witnessing an unacceptable attack on liberty?

Gov. David Ige’s latest round of COVID-19 emergency rules prompts me to ask a troubling question: When does a temporary state of emergency end and an unacceptable attack upon liberty begin? In Hawaii, we now find ourselves facing hard questions about liberty and government power that were easy to dodge

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Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

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Legislature has abdicated its watchdog responsibility

There are many reasons to be frustrated with the governor’s current use of emergency powers: a seemingly endless state of emergency, moving goalposts and the lack of transparency, to name a few.  But equally frustrating is the Legislature’s inability to rein it in. It had the opportunity with HB103 in

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NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Ige praised for restoring government transparency

Keli’i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says terminating the suspension of the state’s open-records law was “long overdue” HONOLULU, August 8, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commended Gov. David Ige today for reinstating Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, after suspending the transparency law, in whole or in part, for more than a

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What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

Read More →

TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

Read More →

One step forward, two steps back

Hawaii leaders should take notice: Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders. The opaque nature of the tier system and emergency orders raises an important question: Has the lack of real discussion over the

Read More →

Attorneys explain challenge to state, county employee vaccine mandates

The issue of mandatory vaccinations for state and county employees is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Hawaii attorneys Shawn Luiz, Kristin Coccaro and Michael J. Green. On the Aug. 16, 2021, episode of “Hawaii Together,” Luiz and Coccaro talked with host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive

Read More →

Are we witnessing an unacceptable attack on liberty?

Gov. David Ige’s latest round of COVID-19 emergency rules prompts me to ask a troubling question: When does a temporary state of emergency end and an unacceptable attack upon liberty begin? In Hawaii, we now find ourselves facing hard questions about liberty and government power that were easy to dodge

Read More →

Akina to Perry: Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed

Institute President Keli’i Akina rode again this week with “Perry & The Posse”on KSSK radio, on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, and one of the big topics of discussion was the ongoing coronavirus lockdowns. Interviewed by Michael W. Perry, Hawaii’s top-rated morning radio host, Akina acknowledged state officials have a role

Read More →

Legislature has abdicated its watchdog responsibility

There are many reasons to be frustrated with the governor’s current use of emergency powers: a seemingly endless state of emergency, moving goalposts and the lack of transparency, to name a few.  But equally frustrating is the Legislature’s inability to rein it in. It had the opportunity with HB103 in

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Ige praised for restoring government transparency

Keli’i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says terminating the suspension of the state’s open-records law was “long overdue” HONOLULU, August 8, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commended Gov. David Ige today for reinstating Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, after suspending the transparency law, in whole or in part, for more than a

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