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Transportation & Traffic

Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency

Photo by Charley Myers The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business, and when it does, consideration of the long-proposed Hawaii Airports Corporation should be one of its priorities. Such an entity could be crucial

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The case for a Hawaii airport authority, in 61 seconds

Photo by Charley Myers The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has produced a new video that explains in only 61 seconds why Hawaii’s 15 state-run airports should be managed by a semi-independent airports corporation. Privatization would be ideal, but an airport corporation still would mean less government and bureaucratic inefficiency.

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Airport authority could make Kahului Airport ‘no ka ‘oi’

This article was published originally on Friday, Feb. 7, in The Maui News. ____________ Hawaii is a state that relies on its airports, so it is astounding that we are taking so long to adopt a proven airport-management model that could turn our airports into shining examples of what Hawaii

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Will 2020 be the year of a Hawaii Airport Corporation?

Photo by Charley Myers Efforts to reform management of Hawaii’s state airports haven’t failed for lack of trying. Hawaii state Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, District 4)  has submitted bills four years in a row[1] to establish a semi-independent Hawaii Airport Corporation, all to no avail. But maybe the fifth time will

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Competition brings Hawaii airfares down to earth

This commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on Oct. 10, 2019. –––––––––––– By Josh Mason and Melissa Newsham Hawaii is one of the most regulated states in the country, but fortunately its regulatory powers do not include being able to exclude competition in the local airline market. Instead,

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Unshackle Maui taxis to help them compete

In the wake of the state announcing that ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft can now pick up customers at Kahului and Kapalua airports, Maui airport taxi drivers are expressing frustration that such companies will essentially be operating as taxis while not having to meet the same legal constraints. The frustration

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Photo by Anthony Quintano. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

Gas tax proposal just more of the same

After watching so many State of the State addresses, I’ve learned to regard them as something more than a summary of the state’s political outlook. In fact, they’ve started to seem a lot like wish lists. The governor outlines everything his party would like to get in the coming year.

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HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

This article was originally published as a “Community Voice” in Civil Beat on Nov. 14, 2018. The Honolulu rail system is projected to lose millions of dollars every year after opening in 2026. So it’s baffling that any company would want to partner with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

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Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

Read More →

Airports Corporation takes on new sense of urgency

Photo by Charley Myers The Hawaii Legislature suspended its 2020 session in early March because of the coronavirus situation, but eventually it will get back to business, and when it does, consideration of the long-proposed Hawaii Airports Corporation should be one of its priorities. Such an entity could be crucial

Read More →

The case for a Hawaii airport authority, in 61 seconds

Photo by Charley Myers The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has produced a new video that explains in only 61 seconds why Hawaii’s 15 state-run airports should be managed by a semi-independent airports corporation. Privatization would be ideal, but an airport corporation still would mean less government and bureaucratic inefficiency.

Read More →

Airport authority could make Kahului Airport ‘no ka ‘oi’

This article was published originally on Friday, Feb. 7, in The Maui News. ____________ Hawaii is a state that relies on its airports, so it is astounding that we are taking so long to adopt a proven airport-management model that could turn our airports into shining examples of what Hawaii

Read More →

Will 2020 be the year of a Hawaii Airport Corporation?

Photo by Charley Myers Efforts to reform management of Hawaii’s state airports haven’t failed for lack of trying. Hawaii state Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, District 4)  has submitted bills four years in a row[1] to establish a semi-independent Hawaii Airport Corporation, all to no avail. But maybe the fifth time will

Read More →

Competition brings Hawaii airfares down to earth

This commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on Oct. 10, 2019. –––––––––––– By Josh Mason and Melissa Newsham Hawaii is one of the most regulated states in the country, but fortunately its regulatory powers do not include being able to exclude competition in the local airline market. Instead,

Read More →

Unshackle Maui taxis to help them compete

In the wake of the state announcing that ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft can now pick up customers at Kahului and Kapalua airports, Maui airport taxi drivers are expressing frustration that such companies will essentially be operating as taxis while not having to meet the same legal constraints. The frustration

Read More →
Photo by Anthony Quintano. License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

Gas tax proposal just more of the same

After watching so many State of the State addresses, I’ve learned to regard them as something more than a summary of the state’s political outlook. In fact, they’ve started to seem a lot like wish lists. The governor outlines everything his party would like to get in the coming year.

Read More →

HART’s P3 Plan Another Bad Sign For Rail

This article was originally published as a “Community Voice” in Civil Beat on Nov. 14, 2018. The Honolulu rail system is projected to lose millions of dollars every year after opening in 2026. So it’s baffling that any company would want to partner with the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation

Read More →
Honolulu taxi

Honolulu could be leader in taxi deregulation

Honolulu has a chance to lead the way in the nationwide battle between municipalities, taxis and ride-hailing services. But will the city move toward a free market or greater government control? The Grassroot Institute’s Malia Hill considered that question in her latest column for The Hill. Read the full article HERE.

Read More →