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Akina assesses ‘GAP’ plan, sees room for improvement

Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, joined radio host Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media this past Sunday morning to talk about Gov. Josh Green’s State of the State address, and “Overall,’ he said, “there was a lot to like.”  Hawaii’s new governor introduced his Green

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High cost of living continues to drive away Hawaii residents

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to cut taxes and ease homebuilding regulations to stem the state’s population decline HONOLULU, Dec. 29, 2022 >> Hawaii recently experienced the fifth-highest population decline in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau reported earlier this

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Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

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Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

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‘People times freedom’ hailed as formula for wealth and progress

We often hear that the world’s natural resources are running out, humans are in danger and our margin of error to save the planet is getting thin. But Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley has an intriguing message to share of hope and infinite prosperity.   Pooley is an associate professor of business

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Why Hawaii residents are leaving

Transcript provided below. Joe Kent on “Why Hawaii residents are leaving” Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves. But, why?  I mean, we have great beaches, great food, great weather. I mean, it’s Hawaii, right? I mean, just look at this place. Why would anyone want to leave here?

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Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for the video above, narrated by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, which was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Institute’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii has the highest cost of living in

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Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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Akina assesses ‘GAP’ plan, sees room for improvement

Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, joined radio host Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media this past Sunday morning to talk about Gov. Josh Green’s State of the State address, and “Overall,’ he said, “there was a lot to like.”  Hawaii’s new governor introduced his Green

Read More →

High cost of living continues to drive away Hawaii residents

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to cut taxes and ease homebuilding regulations to stem the state’s population decline HONOLULU, Dec. 29, 2022 >> Hawaii recently experienced the fifth-highest population decline in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau reported earlier this

Read More →

Hawaii slips further in economic freedom index

Hawaii ranks 48th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the latest “Economic Freedom of North America” report produced by the Fraser Institute in Canada. The ranking was based on data from 2020 and represents a decline from 44th in 2019. Helping drive Hawaii toward the bottom

Read More →

Maritime panel urged Jones Act critics be charged with treason

This article was previously published by the Cato Institute on Oct. 18, 2022. ______________ By Colin Grabow and Scott Lincicome It’s not every day you find a government document calling for Cato Institute employees to be charged with treason, but as a new article in The Dispatch details, here we are: In March 2020, a maritime

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‘People times freedom’ hailed as formula for wealth and progress

We often hear that the world’s natural resources are running out, humans are in danger and our margin of error to save the planet is getting thin. But Grassroot Scholar Gale Pooley has an intriguing message to share of hope and infinite prosperity.   Pooley is an associate professor of business

Read More →

Why Hawaii residents are leaving

Transcript provided below. Joe Kent on “Why Hawaii residents are leaving” Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves. But, why?  I mean, we have great beaches, great food, great weather. I mean, it’s Hawaii, right? I mean, just look at this place. Why would anyone want to leave here?

Read More →

Why is Hawaii so expensive?

The following is the transcript for the video above, narrated by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, which was posted Sept. 14, 2022, on the Institute’s “Hawaii Matters” YouTube channel. ___________ Why is Hawaii’s cost of living so high? Hawaii has the highest cost of living in

Read More →

Housing crisis culprit staring us in the face

The evidence continues to mount that land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related restrictions are the main force behind Hawaii’s ever-increasing housing prices. Nevertheless, many people in Hawaii have for years been blaming the state’s housing crisis on “outsiders” — people from elsewhere in the U.S. or from foreign countries. A recent

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