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Economy

Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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Bill 121: Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session

After a challenging year, the stakes are high for the 2024 legislative session. Joining host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830’s “Community Matters” program on Sunday, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute, outlined the key issues the Institute will be advocating this legislative session. Regarding

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Changing ideas, not politicians, is the key to improving Hawaii

As a former elementary school music teacher in Lahaina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Vice President Joe Kent has an eye for creativity. During an appearance earlier this month on “The Aloha Hour with Johny and Steezy,” he talked with hosts Jonathan Rotmensch and Kris Ancheta about the importance of tapping

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State ‘decarbonization’ report includes comments from Kent

The state Energy Office is committed to Hawaii’s current goals, but it acknowledges concerns raised by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii State Energy Office has released its “decarbonization” report as requested by the 2022 state Legislature, and it includes concerns raised by Joe Kent, executive vice president of

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Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

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Property rights, deregulation Lahaina’s best hope

The following commentary was originally published by RealClearPolicy on Nov. 20, 2023. ____________ It took less than a day in early August for wildfires to kill almost a hundred people and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of property in Lahaina, on the western side of Maui island in Hawaii. But

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Tupola says empowering people is her motivation

In 2021, not long after Andria Tupola joined the Honolulu City Council, the then-director of the Department of Planning and Permitting told her the DPP had a backlog of about 8,000 permits. On a recent episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Tupola told host Joe Kent, executive vice president

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Hill points out uneasy truth about tourism in Hawaii

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ No matter how you feel about tourism, the reality for all of us is that it’s the state’s biggest industry and the source of much of our income. Even jobs and industries that aren’t directly

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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Bill 121: Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 1 p.m. To: Ashley Kierkiewicz, Chair      Holeka Inaba, Vice-Chair      Hawaii County Council,

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Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session

After a challenging year, the stakes are high for the 2024 legislative session. Joining host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830’s “Community Matters” program on Sunday, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute, outlined the key issues the Institute will be advocating this legislative session. Regarding

Read More →

Changing ideas, not politicians, is the key to improving Hawaii

As a former elementary school music teacher in Lahaina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Vice President Joe Kent has an eye for creativity. During an appearance earlier this month on “The Aloha Hour with Johny and Steezy,” he talked with hosts Jonathan Rotmensch and Kris Ancheta about the importance of tapping

Read More →

State ‘decarbonization’ report includes comments from Kent

The state Energy Office is committed to Hawaii’s current goals, but it acknowledges concerns raised by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii The Hawaii State Energy Office has released its “decarbonization” report as requested by the 2022 state Legislature, and it includes concerns raised by Joe Kent, executive vice president of

Read More →

Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

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Property rights, deregulation Lahaina’s best hope

The following commentary was originally published by RealClearPolicy on Nov. 20, 2023. ____________ It took less than a day in early August for wildfires to kill almost a hundred people and destroy billions of dollars’ worth of property in Lahaina, on the western side of Maui island in Hawaii. But

Read More →

Tupola says empowering people is her motivation

In 2021, not long after Andria Tupola joined the Honolulu City Council, the then-director of the Department of Planning and Permitting told her the DPP had a backlog of about 8,000 permits. On a recent episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, Tupola told host Joe Kent, executive vice president

Read More →