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What went down at the 2022 Hawaii Legislature

Radio host Johnny Miro devoted his half-hour Sunday morning show to exploring what the Legislature did and did not achieve this year The state’s 2022 legislative session recently wrapped up, and what took place can be divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Speaking Sunday morning, May 22,

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Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

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2022 Legislature still addicted to spending but deserves some praise

Photo by Sean Mitsui Especially praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented its views on the 2022 Legislature this week to audiences on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, and the message was simple: The Legislature

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Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

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Major questions still bedevil Honolulu rail

So what’s going on with the Honolulu rail, the construction of which began in 2012? It is over budget and behind schedule, barely two-thirds completed, threatening major havoc as its construction nears the city center, unlikely to meet its latest cost projections and time tables, and its future funding sources

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Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

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COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

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Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

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What went down at the 2022 Hawaii Legislature

Radio host Johnny Miro devoted his half-hour Sunday morning show to exploring what the Legislature did and did not achieve this year The state’s 2022 legislative session recently wrapped up, and what took place can be divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Speaking Sunday morning, May 22,

Read More →

Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

Read More →

2022 Legislature still addicted to spending but deserves some praise

Photo by Sean Mitsui Especially praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented its views on the 2022 Legislature this week to audiences on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, and the message was simple: The Legislature

Read More →

Questions persist about viability of Honolulu rail

Photo by Charley Myers At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost? >> How will we pay for its future operations and maintenance? >> Will it ever

Read More →

Major questions still bedevil Honolulu rail

So what’s going on with the Honolulu rail, the construction of which began in 2012? It is over budget and behind schedule, barely two-thirds completed, threatening major havoc as its construction nears the city center, unlikely to meet its latest cost projections and time tables, and its future funding sources

Read More →

Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

Read More →

COVID rules being lifted, but don’t cheer yet

It has been more than two years since Hawaii’s coronavirus restrictions were put into place, and as they have slowly been lifted, life in the islands is finally starting  to resemble the pre-pandemic “normal.” We must remember, however, that these restrictions can easily be reinstated with the stroke of a

Read More →

Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

Read More →