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Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

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Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

This is a challenging time for all residents of Hawaii. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been discussing the possible impact of the coronavirus for weeks. But even while advising caution in the face of a possible recession, we weren’t contemplating a situation where the Legislature had gone into recess

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The Grassroot Top 5 articles of 2019

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii covered a lot of policy ground during the past year. Our writers and researchers produced reports and commentaries on the negative effects of the federal Jones Act, what can be done to help resolve Hawaii’s public pension crisis, how contracting can be revived as a

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Council should be more cautious when considering bills

The Honolulu City Council may be on the verge of learning a difficult lesson about the consequences of hasty legislation. In just a few short months, the Council has considered three bills that could have a significant impact on the local economy. Two of those bills were approved despite warnings

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Radio host inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’

Its ability to explain public policy issues with “simplicity and efficiency” is what first impressed Matt Gilbertson about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Gilbertson, founder of MGA Architecture in Honolulu, discussed his interest in the communication style of Hawaii’s only free market think tank on his radio show, “Design Talk

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Looking back: A housing boom, then a volcanic eruption

One year ago today, on May 3, 2018, Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island began spewing lava that destroyed hundreds of homes and disrupted thousands of lives in areas that had been designated high-risk lava zones. On May 20, 2018, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina wrote in The Wall Street

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Our Santa wish list for Hawaii

Well, it’s Christmas season again, so here is what I drafted recently for Santa to consider: Dear Santa, We at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were very good this past year about defending the free market. We helped educate policymakers, stood for transparency and always, always spoke out about poorly

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State encouraged building in risky lava zone

MEDIA RELEASE from GRASSROOT INSTITUTE OF HAWAII CONTACT: Joe Kent, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org (808) 987-7322 State encouraged building in risky lava zone Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president says ongoing disaster could have been avoided HAWAII ISLAND (May 17, 2018) >> Hawaii’s state government encouraged building near the active portion of Kilauea volcano,

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Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would. In the 1990s, the town of Kalapana was destroyed by lava, and soon

Read More →

Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

Read More →

Despite the stress, we haven’t lost step

This is a challenging time for all residents of Hawaii. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has been discussing the possible impact of the coronavirus for weeks. But even while advising caution in the face of a possible recession, we weren’t contemplating a situation where the Legislature had gone into recess

Read More →

The Grassroot Top 5 articles of 2019

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii covered a lot of policy ground during the past year. Our writers and researchers produced reports and commentaries on the negative effects of the federal Jones Act, what can be done to help resolve Hawaii’s public pension crisis, how contracting can be revived as a

Read More →

Council should be more cautious when considering bills

The Honolulu City Council may be on the verge of learning a difficult lesson about the consequences of hasty legislation. In just a few short months, the Council has considered three bills that could have a significant impact on the local economy. Two of those bills were approved despite warnings

Read More →

Radio host inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’

Its ability to explain public policy issues with “simplicity and efficiency” is what first impressed Matt Gilbertson about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Gilbertson, founder of MGA Architecture in Honolulu, discussed his interest in the communication style of Hawaii’s only free market think tank on his radio show, “Design Talk

Read More →

Looking back: A housing boom, then a volcanic eruption

One year ago today, on May 3, 2018, Kilauea volcano on Hawaii Island began spewing lava that destroyed hundreds of homes and disrupted thousands of lives in areas that had been designated high-risk lava zones. On May 20, 2018, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina wrote in The Wall Street

Read More →

Our Santa wish list for Hawaii

Well, it’s Christmas season again, so here is what I drafted recently for Santa to consider: Dear Santa, We at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii were very good this past year about defending the free market. We helped educate policymakers, stood for transparency and always, always spoke out about poorly

Read More →

State encouraged building in risky lava zone

MEDIA RELEASE from GRASSROOT INSTITUTE OF HAWAII CONTACT: Joe Kent, jkent@grassrootinstitute.org (808) 987-7322 State encouraged building in risky lava zone Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president says ongoing disaster could have been avoided HAWAII ISLAND (May 17, 2018) >> Hawaii’s state government encouraged building near the active portion of Kilauea volcano,

Read More →

Government fanned flames of volcano disaster

As lava engulfs the homes of many unfortunate Hawaii Island residents, it’s important to remember that the state originally encouraged the building of homes in this dangerous area by offering lava insurance where no private company would. In the 1990s, the town of Kalapana was destroyed by lava, and soon

Read More →