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Civil Liberties

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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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed, Part II

A recent article by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associated Melissa Newsham, “Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed,” was the basis of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Also on the program was Malia Hill, the institute’s policy director, who wrote the January 2021 report

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State law never meant to create indefinite emergency

With the state awash in rumors about new COVID-19 restrictions — or even another lockdown — we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making. For more than a year, we have been living under a different kind of governance, with

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Where’s the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?

No local businesses have had an easy time navigating Hawaii’s state and county lockdowns. But Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system. Even now, many local bars and restaurants are struggling to handle the demands of Tier 5, which requires

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Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

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Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

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Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

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

Read More →

Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed, Part II

A recent article by Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associated Melissa Newsham, “Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed,” was the basis of Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Also on the program was Malia Hill, the institute’s policy director, who wrote the January 2021 report

Read More →

State law never meant to create indefinite emergency

With the state awash in rumors about new COVID-19 restrictions — or even another lockdown — we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making. For more than a year, we have been living under a different kind of governance, with

Read More →

Where’s the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?

No local businesses have had an easy time navigating Hawaii’s state and county lockdowns. But Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system. Even now, many local bars and restaurants are struggling to handle the demands of Tier 5, which requires

Read More →

Lockdowns lower the bar for rule of law

Once the owner of four very popular isle bars, Bill Comerford tells how Hawaii’s arbitrary lockdowns turned his world upside down Rule of law or ruined by law? That is the question prompted by the sad and upsetting case of Bill Comerford, once the owner of four popular bars in Honolulu who now

Read More →

Why reform of Hawaii’s emergency powers law failed

As Hawaii’s 2021 legislative session came to a close on April 29, many Hawaii residents were disappointed by the failure of the Legislature to approve HB103, which would have placed limits on the governor’s emergency powers. Hawaii has been under a state of emergency since March 2020, when Gov. David

Read More →

Legislature needs to put our freedoms on its agenda

The big news this week is that the Hawaii Legislature might reconvene in order to address the governor’s planned vetoes, especially of the state budget bill. If it does come to pass, it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency

Read More →