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Adopt HB2415 HD2 SD1 to alleviate nursing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 2, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. ______________ April 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary

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How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers

I have said many times that there is no single solution to Hawaii’s housing crisis. We need a variety of approaches to improve the situation. One promising option is so-called adaptive reuse — that is, turning older office or commercial buildings into residential apartments or condominiums. In the wake of

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Broader county zoning powers could hinder Hawaii housing goals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on March 28, 2024. ______________ March 28, 2024, 9:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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Support owner-builder exemption in HB1633 to add more housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on March 27, 2024. ______________ March 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection    

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County resolution exemplifies why we still have housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on March 25, 2024. ______________ March 25, 2024, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice-Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of

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‘Guest house’ proposal, Bill 2919, could provide multiple benefits

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on March 27, 2024. ______________ March 27, 2024, 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Historic County Building To: Kauai County Council       Mel Rapozo, Chair       KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice

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Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

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Schoolland details impressive journey of ‘Jonathan Gullible’

A popular economics book that got its start on Hawaii radio is making the leap from the page to the screen. “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey,” written by Grassroot Scholar and Hawaii Pacific University economics professor Ken Schoolland, is being made into a three-seasons animated video

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Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

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Adopt HB2415 HD2 SD1 to alleviate nursing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 2, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection. ______________ April 2, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary

Read More →

How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers

I have said many times that there is no single solution to Hawaii’s housing crisis. We need a variety of approaches to improve the situation. One promising option is so-called adaptive reuse — that is, turning older office or commercial buildings into residential apartments or condominiums. In the wake of

Read More →

Broader county zoning powers could hinder Hawaii housing goals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on March 28, 2024. ______________ March 28, 2024, 9:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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Support owner-builder exemption in HB1633 to add more housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on March 27, 2024. ______________ March 27, 2024, 9:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection    

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County resolution exemplifies why we still have housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council on March 25, 2024. ______________ March 25, 2024, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice-Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of

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‘Guest house’ proposal, Bill 2919, could provide multiple benefits

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on March 27, 2024. ______________ March 27, 2024, 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Historic County Building To: Kauai County Council       Mel Rapozo, Chair       KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice

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Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

Read More →

Schoolland details impressive journey of ‘Jonathan Gullible’

A popular economics book that got its start on Hawaii radio is making the leap from the page to the screen. “The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey,” written by Grassroot Scholar and Hawaii Pacific University economics professor Ken Schoolland, is being made into a three-seasons animated video

Read More →

Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

Read More →