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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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Lawmakers should follow the ‘golden rule’ of budgeting

This commentary was originally published in The Maui News on April 14, 2021. ______________ If state leaders ever hope to revitalize Hawaii’s economy, they need to follow the “golden rule” of budgeting: Make sure government does not grow faster than the economy. That would leave more money for Hawaii residents

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Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Is Bitcoin legal in Hawaii

Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

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‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

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Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

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How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

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Bucking the trend: How to put Hawaii on the road to prosperity

It was another rollicking conversation on “The Mike Buck Show” when host Mike Buck on Dec. 29, 2020, again hosted Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this time to talk about how Hawaii can recover from its devastating economic condition exacerbated most recently by the coronavirus lockdowns,

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The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

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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 →

Lawmakers should follow the ‘golden rule’ of budgeting

This commentary was originally published in The Maui News on April 14, 2021. ______________ If state leaders ever hope to revitalize Hawaii’s economy, they need to follow the “golden rule” of budgeting: Make sure government does not grow faster than the economy. That would leave more money for Hawaii residents

Read More →

Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Is Bitcoin legal in Hawaii

Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

Read More →

‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

Read More →

Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

Read More →

How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

Read More →

Bucking the trend: How to put Hawaii on the road to prosperity

It was another rollicking conversation on “The Mike Buck Show” when host Mike Buck on Dec. 29, 2020, again hosted Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this time to talk about how Hawaii can recover from its devastating economic condition exacerbated most recently by the coronavirus lockdowns,

Read More →

The best gift from Santa would be economic freedom

If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree. Like everything else about 2020, this Christmas season has been quite different, and we at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii have had a lot of time to ponder our

Read More →