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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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Concern builds that Hawaii energy goals not realistic

Hawaii’s plans to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2045 might cause more harm than good, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Kent expressed concern that the attempted shift towards a new

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New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

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Hawaii finances ‘unsustainable’ without economic growth

“Unsustainable.” That was the word Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, used to describe Hawaii’s precarious financial situation during a presentation earlier this month at Chaminade University of Honolulu’s “People, Planet and Prosperity for a Sustainable Future Conference.” “My rule for government financing,” Kent said,

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The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature

Mostly ugly. Some bad. But also some good.  That was how Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, described the results of the recent legislative session when he appeared Monday on Rick Hamada’s radio show on News Radio KHVH 850 AM. The hands-down ugly would have to

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‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO

“One step forward and one step back” is how Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii characterized the Legislature’s actions toward Hawaii businesses this year during an interview on Sunday with host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media radio network.  Kefalas, the Institute’s director of strategic campaigns, said

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SB1004: Massive increase in state carbon tax would cripple Hawaii economy

The following testimony was presented February 15,, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment and the Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism. ___________ February 15, 2023 1 p.m. Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment

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SB756: Allowing sale of cottage foods would help entrepreneurs get started

The following testimony was presented February 15,, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment. ___________ Feb. 15, 2023 1:30 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment       Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair       Senator

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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

Read More →

Concern builds that Hawaii energy goals not realistic

Hawaii’s plans to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2045 might cause more harm than good, according to Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Speaking with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro on Sunday, Kent expressed concern that the attempted shift towards a new

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New law could help resolve Maui’s axis deer problem

The following article was published originally by Maui Now on July 5, 2023. ______________ Maui’s struggle with invasive deer might have just gotten easier to tackle, thanks to a bill signed into law by Governor Josh Green. Passed by the Legislature earlier this year, HB1382, now Act 54, allows nonprofits

Read More →

Hawaii finances ‘unsustainable’ without economic growth

“Unsustainable.” That was the word Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, used to describe Hawaii’s precarious financial situation during a presentation earlier this month at Chaminade University of Honolulu’s “People, Planet and Prosperity for a Sustainable Future Conference.” “My rule for government financing,” Kent said,

Read More →

The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature

Mostly ugly. Some bad. But also some good.  That was how Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, described the results of the recent legislative session when he appeared Monday on Rick Hamada’s radio show on News Radio KHVH 850 AM. The hands-down ugly would have to

Read More →

‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO

“One step forward and one step back” is how Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii characterized the Legislature’s actions toward Hawaii businesses this year during an interview on Sunday with host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media radio network.  Kefalas, the Institute’s director of strategic campaigns, said

Read More →

SB1004: Massive increase in state carbon tax would cripple Hawaii economy

The following testimony was presented February 15,, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment and the Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism. ___________ February 15, 2023 1 p.m. Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment

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SB756: Allowing sale of cottage foods would help entrepreneurs get started

The following testimony was presented February 15,, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment. ___________ Feb. 15, 2023 1:30 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Agriculture and Environment       Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair       Senator

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