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Economy

Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

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Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

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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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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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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

Read More →

Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

Read More →

Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

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 →

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:

Read More →
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 →