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Puerto Rico Seeks a Jones Act Exemption. Can Hawaii Learn from their Example?

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources held hearings on January 12, 2016, entitled, “Exploring Energy Challenges and Opportunities Facing Puerto Rico” which involved a Jones Act component. The Subcommittee is subsidiary to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05) stated in his

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Plaintiffs Remain Confident in Case Against Na’i Aupuni Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: January 19, 2015, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Plaintiffs Remain Confident in Case Against Na’i Aupuni Election Grassroot Institute says case will proceed in Ninth Circuit after Supreme Court denies contempt motion HONOLULU, HAWAII–January 19, 2015–Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued comments on

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Buy America! For an Extra $3M this Time

Rail was in the news again. The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project.  The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen? The disqualification of Watts’ bid has to do with

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School Choice Success in Kihei

If you live in Kihei, you know how badly schools are needed. Local students in Kihei take a bus all the way to the other side of the island just to go to school. However, one school in Kihei is breaking the mold and has grown from just 60 students

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Lawsuits Have Consequences: Aloha To Hawaii Sugar

When people think of “Hawaii,” many of them, me included, think of sugar. Those of us of a certain vintage who were raised in the islands, and whose families were tied to the sugar plantations once so ubiquitous (my mother’s family was from the Halawa Plantation and lived on what

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Jones Act Fact Check: Kamanaopono Crabbe in Hawaii Business Magazine

Hawaii Business magazine published in its January 2016 issue an article entitled “Change Agents” profiling four Hawaiian Sovereignty activists and describing their visions for Hawaii. In a statement attributed to Kamanaopono Crabbe, Chief Operating Officer (CEO), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), he asserted that Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ)s in

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Delays Upon Delays at DHHL

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) administers about 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to native Hawaiians, upon which they may live, farm, ranch, and engage in commercial or other activities. The department, led by a nine-member commission, must provide financial and technical assistance to native Hawaiians

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More SCOTUS Action In Oprah/Everyone Wins Election

Here’s your daily dose of election law action (don’t worry, land users, we’ve got one of those in the hopper for today as well), the latest on what has been labeled the “Costco” election and the “Oprah” election. The former premised on the notion that a seat at the convention

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Puerto Rico Seeks a Jones Act Exemption. Can Hawaii Learn from their Example?

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy & Mineral Resources held hearings on January 12, 2016, entitled, “Exploring Energy Challenges and Opportunities Facing Puerto Rico” which involved a Jones Act component. The Subcommittee is subsidiary to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (R-CO-05) stated in his

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Plaintiffs Remain Confident in Case Against Na’i Aupuni Election

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: January 19, 2015, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Plaintiffs Remain Confident in Case Against Na’i Aupuni Election Grassroot Institute says case will proceed in Ninth Circuit after Supreme Court denies contempt motion HONOLULU, HAWAII–January 19, 2015–Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued comments on

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Buy America! For an Extra $3M this Time

Rail was in the news again. The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project.  The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen? The disqualification of Watts’ bid has to do with

Read More →

School Choice Success in Kihei

If you live in Kihei, you know how badly schools are needed. Local students in Kihei take a bus all the way to the other side of the island just to go to school. However, one school in Kihei is breaking the mold and has grown from just 60 students

Read More →

Lawsuits Have Consequences: Aloha To Hawaii Sugar

When people think of “Hawaii,” many of them, me included, think of sugar. Those of us of a certain vintage who were raised in the islands, and whose families were tied to the sugar plantations once so ubiquitous (my mother’s family was from the Halawa Plantation and lived on what

Read More →

Jones Act Fact Check: Kamanaopono Crabbe in Hawaii Business Magazine

Hawaii Business magazine published in its January 2016 issue an article entitled “Change Agents” profiling four Hawaiian Sovereignty activists and describing their visions for Hawaii. In a statement attributed to Kamanaopono Crabbe, Chief Operating Officer (CEO), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), he asserted that Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ)s in

Read More →

Delays Upon Delays at DHHL

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) administers about 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to native Hawaiians, upon which they may live, farm, ranch, and engage in commercial or other activities. The department, led by a nine-member commission, must provide financial and technical assistance to native Hawaiians

Read More →

More SCOTUS Action In Oprah/Everyone Wins Election

Here’s your daily dose of election law action (don’t worry, land users, we’ve got one of those in the hopper for today as well), the latest on what has been labeled the “Costco” election and the “Oprah” election. The former premised on the notion that a seat at the convention

Read More →