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It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

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High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

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Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

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Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

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NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

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Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

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‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

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‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

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It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

Read More →

High taxes pushing family and friends to leave

When you live in Hawaii, you get accustomed to saying goodbye. As a father, I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits. I am not alone. Who hasn’t

Read More →

Now is the time to ‘get real’ about Hawaii’s future

Hawaii’s “brain drain” has been an ubiquitous subject in our public consciousness for decades.  But given the economic devastation prompted by the state’s yearlong COVID-19 lockdowns, we now are even more vulnerable to losing the state’s best and brightest to opportunities elsewhere.  Legislative tax bills such as the notorious SB56

Read More →

Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Hawaii has third-fastest population decline in nation

HONOLULU, Dec. 22, 2020 >> Hawaii’s economic crisis has precipitated the third-fastest level of economic flight per capita in the nation, behind Illinois, and followed by West Virginia, Mississippi and Alaska, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. U.S. Census Bureau data released today shows Hawaii’s population declined in fiscal 2020 by 8,609,

Read More →

Right diagnosis, wrong prescription

If you want to look for the silver lining in Gov. David Ige’s latest State of the State Address, you could say it’s significant that he isn’t ignoring our cost-of-living issue. Yes, acknowledging Hawaii’s notoriously high cost of living is like noticing our stunning sunsets or beautiful weather. But it’s

Read More →

‘Aloha’ increasingly means goodbye thanks to high taxes

With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise. _____________ (This article was published originally on Dec. 27, 2019, in The Wall Street Journal.) _____________ “Why would anyone leave Hawaii?” Former Hawaii residents hear the question a lot, often from someone eager to

Read More →

‘It’s no secret; everyone knows’ why residents are leaving Hawaii

A discussion about Hawaii’s high cost of living was the starting point for Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, which aired Monday, Jan. 2, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. Malia Blom Hill, the Washington, D.C.-based policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was the featured guest, and she shared

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