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Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

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Yes, we have a crisis — of aloha and governance

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. _____________ In some ways, the public health threat posed by the coronavirus is not our only worry. Just as important is whether our government has crossed a line that we can’t come

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Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

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MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

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What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

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MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

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Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

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What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

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COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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Newest research associate shows freedom’s future in good hands

It’s been said that liberty is only one generation away from dying, and that is why Institute President Keli’i Akina was so pleased this past Monday to have as the guest on his “Hawaii Together” program Jensen Ahokovi. Ahokovi is a recent graduate of ‘Iolani School, a current economics student

Read More →

Yes, we have a crisis — of aloha and governance

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. _____________ In some ways, the public health threat posed by the coronavirus is not our only worry. Just as important is whether our government has crossed a line that we can’t come

Read More →

Jones Act apologists build straw man around China threat

Apologists for the Jones Act would like you to believe that the protectionist federal maritime law is the only thing stopping China from taking over American shipping. The truth is that China loves the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act — which requires goods carried between U.S. ports to be on ships that

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act contributes to economic growth

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ The American Maritime Partnership — a powerful lobby group representing Jones Act carriers, shipbuilders and unions — has claimed that the

Read More →

What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws

Throughout Hawaii’s declared public health emergency over the past 18 months, many of the rules and orders issued have been less about the disease in question and more about reducing stress on our state’s public health services. But if the surge in COVID-19 cases is overwhelming our healthcare capacity, shouldn’t we

Read More →

MYTH: The Jones Act protects national security

The following is taken from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s July 2021 policy brief, “Five myths about the Jones Act,” by institute research associates Josh Mason and Jonathan Helton. __________ Perhaps the most common argument in defense of the Jones Act is that it ensures the U.S. will have adequate merchant

Read More →

Maui businesses in for a rough ride — again

Hawaii businesses have been slammed over the past 18 months by the coronavirus lockdowns, capacity limits, curfews, mask mandates varying degrees of vaccine passports or regular COVID-19 testing, and above all the uncertainty. On Maui, Pamela Tumpap, president of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, called their effects “devastating.” Interviewed this past Monday on Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii

Read More →

What happened to our state’s balance of powers?

When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers.  We are rapidly approaching the point where Hawaii residents will be divided into “cans” and “cannots,”

Read More →

COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha

With the rising counts of coronavirus cases and the overcrowding of our hospital facilities, Hawaii is facing a serious crisis. But I’m not talking about the coronavirus. While that crisis is real, I’m talking about the crisis of aloha. All around us, we can see the way that COVID-19 and

Read More →

Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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