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Economy

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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‘Hawaii’s economic crisis and how to solve it’

As Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures continue, its economic crisis is worsening and inquiring minds want to know what can be done about it. That’s why Johnny Miro of H.Hawaii Media featured Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on his Sunday morning radio show, to talk for 20 minutes about how

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Clear away the barriers that limit opportunity

Everyone talks about the need for a good economy, but few people stop to contemplate what that really means. On this week’s episode of my “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii, I talked to Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute in Utah, and recently named one of the most

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Utah policy expert offers some tips for Hawaii

As promoted on ThinkTech Hawaii: The host for this episode is Keli’i Akina. The guest for this episode is Connor Boyack. Just as Covid-19 has inflicted death and disease upon Hawaii’s population, measures to deal with the pandemic have crippled our economy. As lockdowns are gradually lifted, what is the

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Hawaii can thrive despite one-party dominance

Photo by Charley Myers While voters across the nation settled in to await the final results of their state elections, in Hawaii it wasn’t hard to predict that the outcome would be a victory for the status quo. After all, that is what happens when yours is virtually a one-party

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Can Hawaii’s lockdowns be overturned in court?

Many groups nationwide have filed lawsuits against the coronavirus emergency orders declared by their governors. Some have been successful. Others not, including at least two so far in Hawaii, in both state and federal court. Can Hawaii’s seemingly interminable state lockdown, first ordered in March, ever be overturned in court? On Friday,

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How to diversify Hawaii’s economy

We’ve heard the mantra for many decades: Hawaii’s economy needs to diversify. But lately we’re hearing it even more, thanks to the collapse of our state’s biggest industry, tourism, due to the coronavirus lockdowns implemented in March that continue to this day. The idea of diversification, of course, has merit. It’s

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Great Lockdown Crash of 2020 is wake-up call for Hawaii lawmakers

This commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, in The Garden Island on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. _____________ Warren Buffett once said, “You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out.”[1] That includes states, and now that the tide has receded, it’s easy to see that

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Pollyanna approach to Hawaii’s economic woes not working

At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make. That quote from Gov. David Ige’s State of the State address in January was a reference to the plan to pay down the

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 →

‘Hawaii’s economic crisis and how to solve it’

As Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures continue, its economic crisis is worsening and inquiring minds want to know what can be done about it. That’s why Johnny Miro of H.Hawaii Media featured Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on his Sunday morning radio show, to talk for 20 minutes about how

Read More →

Clear away the barriers that limit opportunity

Everyone talks about the need for a good economy, but few people stop to contemplate what that really means. On this week’s episode of my “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii, I talked to Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute in Utah, and recently named one of the most

Read More →

Utah policy expert offers some tips for Hawaii

As promoted on ThinkTech Hawaii: The host for this episode is Keli’i Akina. The guest for this episode is Connor Boyack. Just as Covid-19 has inflicted death and disease upon Hawaii’s population, measures to deal with the pandemic have crippled our economy. As lockdowns are gradually lifted, what is the

Read More →

Hawaii can thrive despite one-party dominance

Photo by Charley Myers While voters across the nation settled in to await the final results of their state elections, in Hawaii it wasn’t hard to predict that the outcome would be a victory for the status quo. After all, that is what happens when yours is virtually a one-party

Read More →

Can Hawaii’s lockdowns be overturned in court?

Many groups nationwide have filed lawsuits against the coronavirus emergency orders declared by their governors. Some have been successful. Others not, including at least two so far in Hawaii, in both state and federal court. Can Hawaii’s seemingly interminable state lockdown, first ordered in March, ever be overturned in court? On Friday,

Read More →

How to diversify Hawaii’s economy

We’ve heard the mantra for many decades: Hawaii’s economy needs to diversify. But lately we’re hearing it even more, thanks to the collapse of our state’s biggest industry, tourism, due to the coronavirus lockdowns implemented in March that continue to this day. The idea of diversification, of course, has merit. It’s

Read More →

Great Lockdown Crash of 2020 is wake-up call for Hawaii lawmakers

This commentary was originally published, without the footnotes, in The Garden Island on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. _____________ Warren Buffett once said, “You only learn who has been swimming naked when the tide goes out.”[1] That includes states, and now that the tide has receded, it’s easy to see that

Read More →

Pollyanna approach to Hawaii’s economic woes not working

At the beginning of the year, our governor boasted about his efforts to put the state on a “sound financial footing.” What a difference a few months can make. That quote from Gov. David Ige’s State of the State address in January was a reference to the plan to pay down the

Read More →