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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

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UHERO tax expert cites ‘values’ as key to tax policy

More than 200 tax-related bills are being considered by the Hawaii Legislature this year, but whether you think the individual bills are good or bad depends on your values, according to Dylan Moore, an associate professor of economics affiliated with the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawai‘i. Moore,

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Maui event: ‘How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii’

There’s no shortage of grandiose and costly project proposals that are purported to be the solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage.  But at two recent events on Maui and Hawaii Island, Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina and Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton made a pitch on how to facilitate

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Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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2024 Legislature underway, and public voice crucial, Kefalas says

The 2024 legislative session is underway, and while the spotlight is on rebuilding Lahaina, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns of the Grassroot Institute, says “we can’t take our eye off” other critical issues.  Speaking with radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kefalas said one

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Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session

After a challenging year, the stakes are high for the 2024 legislative session. Joining host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830’s “Community Matters” program on Sunday, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute, outlined the key issues the Institute will be advocating this legislative session. Regarding

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Changing ideas, not politicians, is the key to improving Hawaii

As a former elementary school music teacher in Lahaina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Vice President Joe Kent has an eye for creativity. During an appearance earlier this month on “The Aloha Hour with Johny and Steezy,” he talked with hosts Jonathan Rotmensch and Kris Ancheta about the importance of tapping

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Akina hails 2024 as a chance to ‘accomplish great things’

2023 featured “challenges galore,” but 2024 is an opportunity for the people of Hawaii to demonstrate their “resolve to move forward together and to accomplish great things.” That was the message Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President and CEO Keli‘i Akina shared with radio host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii

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Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs

Hawaii intends to meet 100% of its power needs with renewable energy sources by the year 2045, but in the wake of Hawaiian Electric Co.s rolling blackouts in January, what sort of questions should lawmakers and the state’s Public Utilities Commission be asking about the feasibility of that goal? According

Read More →

UHERO tax expert cites ‘values’ as key to tax policy

More than 200 tax-related bills are being considered by the Hawaii Legislature this year, but whether you think the individual bills are good or bad depends on your values, according to Dylan Moore, an associate professor of economics affiliated with the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawai‘i. Moore,

Read More →

Maui event: ‘How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii’

There’s no shortage of grandiose and costly project proposals that are purported to be the solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage.  But at two recent events on Maui and Hawaii Island, Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina and Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton made a pitch on how to facilitate

Read More →

Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

Read More →

Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

Read More →

2024 Legislature underway, and public voice crucial, Kefalas says

The 2024 legislative session is underway, and while the spotlight is on rebuilding Lahaina, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns of the Grassroot Institute, says “we can’t take our eye off” other critical issues.  Speaking with radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kefalas said one

Read More →

Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session

After a challenging year, the stakes are high for the 2024 legislative session. Joining host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830’s “Community Matters” program on Sunday, Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute, outlined the key issues the Institute will be advocating this legislative session. Regarding

Read More →

Changing ideas, not politicians, is the key to improving Hawaii

As a former elementary school music teacher in Lahaina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Vice President Joe Kent has an eye for creativity. During an appearance earlier this month on “The Aloha Hour with Johny and Steezy,” he talked with hosts Jonathan Rotmensch and Kris Ancheta about the importance of tapping

Read More →

Akina hails 2024 as a chance to ‘accomplish great things’

2023 featured “challenges galore,” but 2024 is an opportunity for the people of Hawaii to demonstrate their “resolve to move forward together and to accomplish great things.” That was the message Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President and CEO Keli‘i Akina shared with radio host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii

Read More →