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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

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Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

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Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

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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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Bottom line: State cannot afford to build everyone a new home

Hawaii has a housing shortage, and home prices in the state are so high that many long-time residents have been moving to the mainland because they can no longer afford to live here. So what can Hawaii policymakers do about it?  Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with the Grassroot Institute of

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Grassroot founder fondly remembered on radio show

“Speak softly and carry a big idea.” That was one of the many catchphrases of Dick Rowland, late founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who was remembered fondly last week by Joe Kent and Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830. “Whenever we can invoke Dick Rowland’s role in

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Expand interstate licensure compacts

Photo by Charley Myers The following was originally published as an “Island Voices” commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Nov. 28, 2023. ____________ Hawaii lawmakers took a major step this year toward fixing Hawaii’s doctor shortage by having the state join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Now they should

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Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing

This article was originally published in The Maui News on Nov. 10, 2023. _____________ Maui County should make it easier for churches and other charitable organizations to build housing on their lands. Case in point: The nonprofit Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85

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Hill talks about highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature

Exhaustion, worry and a bit of hope is how Malia Blom Hill, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii policy director, described her emotions regarding the final month of the 2024 legislative session to radio host Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830.  During the interview on April 4, Hill expressed disappointment over

Read More →

Akina finds hope in governor’s ‘Hawai‘i We Deserve’ report

Hawaii’s residents have been fleeing the state in droves, but Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, sees a glimmer of hope in Gov. Josh Green’s recent report, “The Hawai‘i We Deserve,” which takes a hard look at the root causes of the exodus. “We have

Read More →

Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines

The following commentary was first published on March 18, 2024, by The Well News, a national news publication with a readership of more than 500,000 Americans. _____________ Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them. In Congress and state capitals across

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 →

Bottom line: State cannot afford to build everyone a new home

Hawaii has a housing shortage, and home prices in the state are so high that many long-time residents have been moving to the mainland because they can no longer afford to live here. So what can Hawaii policymakers do about it?  Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with the Grassroot Institute of

Read More →

Grassroot founder fondly remembered on radio show

“Speak softly and carry a big idea.” That was one of the many catchphrases of Dick Rowland, late founder of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who was remembered fondly last week by Joe Kent and Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830. “Whenever we can invoke Dick Rowland’s role in

Read More →

Expand interstate licensure compacts

Photo by Charley Myers The following was originally published as an “Island Voices” commentary in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Nov. 28, 2023. ____________ Hawaii lawmakers took a major step this year toward fixing Hawaii’s doctor shortage by having the state join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). Now they should

Read More →

Maui can take lead in ‘Yes in God’s backyard’ housing

This article was originally published in The Maui News on Nov. 10, 2023. _____________ Maui County should make it easier for churches and other charitable organizations to build housing on their lands. Case in point: The nonprofit Family Life Center and King’s Cathedral in Kahului are partnering to put up 85

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