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Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

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What are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

by Jere Krischel  In an article titled “What are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?” written for Honolulu Civil Beat on 11/08/2010, Professor Van Dyke makes some critical errors in his assessment of both the history and the law. While acknowledging the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “Apology Resolution,” he still

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E Pluribus— What?

by Jere Krischel  E pluribus unum. Present on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782, its meaning is both simple and profound – “Out of many, one.” Originally it may have been but a literal acknowledgment of the Union of the thirteen colonies, but as the years have

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Akaka bill: Three questions

by Richard Rowland  It is noticed that virtually every political talker who says they support the Akaka bill likes to say, in response to the “why” question, something like: “I am in favor of the Akaka bill because it will be good for all of the people of Hawaii” Duke

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Hawaii’s 2010 Ballot Measures

By Grassroot Institute Staff  In addition to determining who will be our next governor, on November 2nd, Hawaii residents will be asked to vote on several important ballot measures. It’s worth taking a quick look at some of these initiatives. Hawaii Tax Rebates Amendment, SB 2807 This amendment would alter the

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Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Writ or Wrong

Malia Blom Hill  So, what ever happened to the much-ballyhooed OHA petition to force money out of the Hawaii legislature? I remember when they filed it with the Hawaii Supreme Court. How could I forget? I got two separate press releases, a print newsletter article, an e-newsletter brief, and multiple

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Hawaii Government Employees’ Retirement System

No Accountability and Improper Incentives by Kelsey Winther Imagine this scenario: You live next-door to a man with a nice job promising nice retirement benefits. Yet when he decides to retire, you are the one who will pay the bill. This is the situation for the retirement benefits of almost

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Watch Ken Conklin’s Akaka Bill Lecture

by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D. A series of three 60-minute lecture/discussions were scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on three successive Sundays in September 2010. The presentations were publicly announced ahead of time. I, Ken Conklin, was the speaker for September 12. My topic was: “Unity and

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HSTA v. Hawaii’s Children

Is Quality Education a Forgotten Goal? by Kelsey Winther For further information, refer to the HSTA CBA and theSupplemental Agreement. A teachers’ union, such as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), can be a helpful mechanism for employees to influence the terms of employment. Yet when this sort of union is given

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Former Gov. Cayetano Warns Current Governor Lingle: Review Environmental Impact Statement Carefully Before Authorizing Most Expensive Rail System in the Nation

by Malia Zimmerman  Former Democratic Gov. Benjamin Cayetano backed his political rival Republican Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday saying she shouldn’t rush to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $5.5 billion Honolulu rail system without first reviewing the document carefully. That may seem like common sense, but Hawaii’s most

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Introducing HawaiiSunshine.org

This is the welcome and orientation video for HawaiiSunshine.org, a new project of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. HawaiiSunshine.org allows you to take a close look into how Hawaii’s state government is spending your tax dollars. Hosted by Jamie Story, president of the Grassroot Institute.

Read More →

What are the ‘Returned Lands’ of Hawaii?

by Jere Krischel  In an article titled “What are the ‘Ceded Lands’ of Hawaii?” written for Honolulu Civil Beat on 11/08/2010, Professor Van Dyke makes some critical errors in his assessment of both the history and the law. While acknowledging the Supreme Court’s rejection of the “Apology Resolution,” he still

Read More →

E Pluribus— What?

by Jere Krischel  E pluribus unum. Present on the Great Seal of the United States since 1782, its meaning is both simple and profound – “Out of many, one.” Originally it may have been but a literal acknowledgment of the Union of the thirteen colonies, but as the years have

Read More →

Akaka bill: Three questions

by Richard Rowland  It is noticed that virtually every political talker who says they support the Akaka bill likes to say, in response to the “why” question, something like: “I am in favor of the Akaka bill because it will be good for all of the people of Hawaii” Duke

Read More →

Hawaii’s 2010 Ballot Measures

By Grassroot Institute Staff  In addition to determining who will be our next governor, on November 2nd, Hawaii residents will be asked to vote on several important ballot measures. It’s worth taking a quick look at some of these initiatives. Hawaii Tax Rebates Amendment, SB 2807 This amendment would alter the

Read More →

Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Writ or Wrong

Malia Blom Hill  So, what ever happened to the much-ballyhooed OHA petition to force money out of the Hawaii legislature? I remember when they filed it with the Hawaii Supreme Court. How could I forget? I got two separate press releases, a print newsletter article, an e-newsletter brief, and multiple

Read More →

Hawaii Government Employees’ Retirement System

No Accountability and Improper Incentives by Kelsey Winther Imagine this scenario: You live next-door to a man with a nice job promising nice retirement benefits. Yet when he decides to retire, you are the one who will pay the bill. This is the situation for the retirement benefits of almost

Read More →

Watch Ken Conklin’s Akaka Bill Lecture

by Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D. A series of three 60-minute lecture/discussions were scheduled for the Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu on three successive Sundays in September 2010. The presentations were publicly announced ahead of time. I, Ken Conklin, was the speaker for September 12. My topic was: “Unity and

Read More →

HSTA v. Hawaii’s Children

Is Quality Education a Forgotten Goal? by Kelsey Winther For further information, refer to the HSTA CBA and theSupplemental Agreement. A teachers’ union, such as the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), can be a helpful mechanism for employees to influence the terms of employment. Yet when this sort of union is given

Read More →

Former Gov. Cayetano Warns Current Governor Lingle: Review Environmental Impact Statement Carefully Before Authorizing Most Expensive Rail System in the Nation

by Malia Zimmerman  Former Democratic Gov. Benjamin Cayetano backed his political rival Republican Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday saying she shouldn’t rush to approve the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed $5.5 billion Honolulu rail system without first reviewing the document carefully. That may seem like common sense, but Hawaii’s most

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