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Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

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It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

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Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project

Another year, another interview about Honolulu’s seriously troubled rail system — the problem that won’t go away! But for a change, we seem to be at a moment when hitting the “pause” button on the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world makes a lot of sense. Hawaii’s most

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27 alternatives to the Honolulu rail’s Plan A?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late April obtained a previously secret document from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation showing the city agency has analyzed 27 alternatives to its current plan for its troubled rail project. Now the document is being discussed community-wide, with veteran journalist Catherine Cruz of Hawaii

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What’s the latest on Oahu’s troubled rail project?

The future of Honolulu’s troubled rail project was the topic of a May 9, 2021, interview of Keli’i Akina by radio Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media. The interview, heard on Oahu stations 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM, 96.7 FM and 103.9 FM, followed the release of a secret Honolulu

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Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

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Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

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Jones Act supporter didn’t realize we agree on saving maritime jobs

The following is a letter to the editor that was published Aug. 20, 2021 by The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai. Written by Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, it was a response to a letter in the same paper three days earlier, “Jones Act ensures US jobs,” which in turn

Read More →

It’s not a mystery why people are leaving Hawaii

Over the past four years, Hawaii’s population has declined by more than 22,000 people, equaling the the third-fastest population decline per capita in the entire nation.  Why are people leaving Hawaii? Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed some of the reasons on Sunday, July 11, 2021,

Read More →

Why we need to press ‘pause’ on the Honolulu rail project

Another year, another interview about Honolulu’s seriously troubled rail system — the problem that won’t go away! But for a change, we seem to be at a moment when hitting the “pause” button on the most expensive megaproject per capita in the world makes a lot of sense. Hawaii’s most

Read More →

27 alternatives to the Honolulu rail’s Plan A?

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in late April obtained a previously secret document from the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation showing the city agency has analyzed 27 alternatives to its current plan for its troubled rail project. Now the document is being discussed community-wide, with veteran journalist Catherine Cruz of Hawaii

Read More →

What’s the latest on Oahu’s troubled rail project?

The future of Honolulu’s troubled rail project was the topic of a May 9, 2021, interview of Keli’i Akina by radio Johnny Miro of H. Hawaii Media. The interview, heard on Oahu stations 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM, 96.7 FM and 103.9 FM, followed the release of a secret Honolulu

Read More →

Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

Read More →

Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

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