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Legislature & Politics

2024 Legislature underway, and public voice crucial, Kefalas says

The 2024 legislative session is underway, and while the spotlight is on rebuilding Lahaina, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns of the Grassroot Institute, says “we can’t take our eye off” other critical issues.  Speaking with radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kefalas said one

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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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Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

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Legislature’s turn to act on housing

The following commentary was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 8 2023. __________ Gov. Josh Green has accomplished what housing advocates have wanted for years: He reduced red tape that has frustrated the growth of affordable housing. Now the pressure is on the Legislature to enact permanent reform.

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Kent, Kefalas recap wins, losses at Legislature on ‘Capitol Convo’

Joe Kent and Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii covered a lot of ground during a recent appearance on state Rep. Lauren Matsumoto’s thrice-weekly “Capitol Convo” radio program on AM 690 and FM 94.3 The Answer. Recorded July 19, the topics included Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing emergency

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How the Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii

From property taxes to permitting backlogs, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, covered a wide range of topics during his first-ever visit to the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH-AM.  During the morning radio show on June 8, Kefalas offered insights on issues that are

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Foley hails Legislature’s inroads on corruption

The recently concluded 2023 legislative session might have been disappointing on many fronts. But not all was doom and gloom. According to retired Judge Dan Foley, meaningful progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability in our government.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech

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Hill finds some gems amid Legislature’s overspending

Talking about Hawaii’s high cost of living was how Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and radio host Rick Hamada eased into a conversation earlier this month about the Hawaii Legislature’s “distressing” 2023 legislative session. Appearing June 1 on the Rick Hamada Program on News Radio

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2024 Legislature underway, and public voice crucial, Kefalas says

The 2024 legislative session is underway, and while the spotlight is on rebuilding Lahaina, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns of the Grassroot Institute, says “we can’t take our eye off” other critical issues.  Speaking with radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kefalas said one

Read More →

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 →

Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

Read More →

Legislature’s turn to act on housing

The following commentary was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 8 2023. __________ Gov. Josh Green has accomplished what housing advocates have wanted for years: He reduced red tape that has frustrated the growth of affordable housing. Now the pressure is on the Legislature to enact permanent reform.

Read More →

Kent, Kefalas recap wins, losses at Legislature on ‘Capitol Convo’

Joe Kent and Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii covered a lot of ground during a recent appearance on state Rep. Lauren Matsumoto’s thrice-weekly “Capitol Convo” radio program on AM 690 and FM 94.3 The Answer. Recorded July 19, the topics included Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing emergency

Read More →

How the Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii

From property taxes to permitting backlogs, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, covered a wide range of topics during his first-ever visit to the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH-AM.  During the morning radio show on June 8, Kefalas offered insights on issues that are

Read More →

Foley hails Legislature’s inroads on corruption

The recently concluded 2023 legislative session might have been disappointing on many fronts. But not all was doom and gloom. According to retired Judge Dan Foley, meaningful progress was made in the fight to improve transparency and accountability in our government.  On the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech

Read More →

Hill finds some gems amid Legislature’s overspending

Talking about Hawaii’s high cost of living was how Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and radio host Rick Hamada eased into a conversation earlier this month about the Hawaii Legislature’s “distressing” 2023 legislative session. Appearing June 1 on the Rick Hamada Program on News Radio

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