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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

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Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law

Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism. Before the coronavirus pandemic and government lockdowns manifested in early 2020, the tourism industry had employed one in 10 Alaskans and annually served almost 1.2 million visitors, generating about $2.2 billion. Also like Hawaii, Alaska counted on cruise ships to boost its annual

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Federal PVSA is pilau; repeal or reform it to help Hawaii

As Hawaii struggles to rebuild its economy following the COVID-19 lockdown, we are faced with big questions about the future of our tourism industry. There is no shortage of suggestions as to how to revive tourism, but realists know that it won’t be as simple as appealing to just one

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Akina and Helton discuss law limiting ocean cruises in Hawaii

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Jonathan Helton gave institute President Keli’i Akina the lowdown on the federal government’s 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. As Helton explained in both his interview with Akina and his new report for

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Old federal maritime law holds back Hawaii tourism, new report shows

The following is a news release sent out to all Hawaii media on Oct. 21, 2020. ____________ Ocean cruising has been suspended during the lockdowns, but when it resumes, it needs more freedom to benefit Hawaii HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2020 >> Ocean cruising is a natural for Hawaii’s tourism industry, but federal law has

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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

Read More →

Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law

Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism. Before the coronavirus pandemic and government lockdowns manifested in early 2020, the tourism industry had employed one in 10 Alaskans and annually served almost 1.2 million visitors, generating about $2.2 billion. Also like Hawaii, Alaska counted on cruise ships to boost its annual

Read More →

Federal PVSA is pilau; repeal or reform it to help Hawaii

As Hawaii struggles to rebuild its economy following the COVID-19 lockdown, we are faced with big questions about the future of our tourism industry. There is no shortage of suggestions as to how to revive tourism, but realists know that it won’t be as simple as appealing to just one

Read More →

Akina and Helton discuss law limiting ocean cruises in Hawaii

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii research associate Jonathan Helton gave institute President Keli’i Akina the lowdown on the federal government’s 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act during the latest episode of “Hawaii Together” on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. As Helton explained in both his interview with Akina and his new report for

Read More →

Old federal maritime law holds back Hawaii tourism, new report shows

The following is a news release sent out to all Hawaii media on Oct. 21, 2020. ____________ Ocean cruising has been suspended during the lockdowns, but when it resumes, it needs more freedom to benefit Hawaii HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2020 >> Ocean cruising is a natural for Hawaii’s tourism industry, but federal law has

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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