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Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

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MidWeek Column Features Grassroot Calabash Discussion

In a recent issue of MidWeek, columnist Jerry Coffee discusses why, “Native Hawaiians Are Not A Tribe.” Mr. Coffee is a long-time opponent of the Akaka Bill, and his explanation of why the creation of a Native Hawaiian government would be the, “death of aloha,” is worth reading in full.

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Hawaii News Now Features Dr. Akina in Mainstream Interview

Call it a media victory. The discussion of the proposed Native Hawaiian government is being treated like a true debate. After the strong opposition showing during the recent DOI hearings, it is impossible to ignore the fact that many people have serious reservations about the nation-building process. And the media

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Dr. Akina on why “Hawaiians Are Not a Tribe” in the Daily Caller

With the continuing controversy over the Native Hawaiian nation-building process continuing to grab headlines, the Grassroot Institute has been on the forefront of the issue, ensuring that there is a clear and consistent voice available to explain how this divisive strategy is bad for our state and for Native Hawaiians.

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Grassroot Institute Discusses Federal Recognition on Hawaii News Now

The news that the Department of the Interior has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding federal recognition of a Native Hawaiian government entity has re-energized the debate over the goals of the nation-building process. As one of the strongest and most consistent voices opposing the creation of a

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Audio: Dr. Keli’i Akina freatured on Community Focus

Community Focus interviewed Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii’s fiscal health. Dr. Akina briefly discusses the State’s budget, spending, and future plans. You can listen to the interview here: www.archive.org/details/KeliiAkinaEconomicFocusIntvw

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Grassroot Discusses Campaign Spending on HNN

Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina recently appeared on Hawaii News Now to discuss the investigation into Rep. Romy Cachola’s campaign spending irregularities. The inquiry by the state Campaign Spending Commission is looking into a number of questionable expenses by Rep. Cachola over the course of his political career, including the

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Grassroot Event on Unfunded Liabilities Featured on KITV Channel 4

There’s no escaping the seriousness of the state’s unfunded liabilities. This week, Grassroot Institute’s monthly Calabash featured Hawaii State Finance Director Kalbert Young, speaking on the issue of the unfunded liabilities and the state’s legal obligation to pay them. The presentation was featured by local ABC news station KITV Channel

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Dr. Akina Discusses Fiscal Responsibility with Community Focus

In an interview with Community Focus this week, Dr. Akina discussed Hawaii’s fiscal troubles–especially the severity of our unfunded liabilities, and the need for an approach that champions the free market and institutes “best practices” for a healthier state economy. Listen to the entire interview below.

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Grassroot President Akina talks to KITV about the Potential of the Ferry

This week, an important meeting was held that could go a long way toward creating new common ground on the Jones Act while stimulating the economy. A group of concerned citizens and advocacy groups–including the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii–gathered to explore the possibility of creating a new interisland ferry system.

Read More →

MidWeek Column Features Grassroot Calabash Discussion

In a recent issue of MidWeek, columnist Jerry Coffee discusses why, “Native Hawaiians Are Not A Tribe.” Mr. Coffee is a long-time opponent of the Akaka Bill, and his explanation of why the creation of a Native Hawaiian government would be the, “death of aloha,” is worth reading in full.

Read More →

Hawaii News Now Features Dr. Akina in Mainstream Interview

Call it a media victory. The discussion of the proposed Native Hawaiian government is being treated like a true debate. After the strong opposition showing during the recent DOI hearings, it is impossible to ignore the fact that many people have serious reservations about the nation-building process. And the media

Read More →

Dr. Akina on why “Hawaiians Are Not a Tribe” in the Daily Caller

With the continuing controversy over the Native Hawaiian nation-building process continuing to grab headlines, the Grassroot Institute has been on the forefront of the issue, ensuring that there is a clear and consistent voice available to explain how this divisive strategy is bad for our state and for Native Hawaiians.

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Discusses Federal Recognition on Hawaii News Now

The news that the Department of the Interior has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding federal recognition of a Native Hawaiian government entity has re-energized the debate over the goals of the nation-building process. As one of the strongest and most consistent voices opposing the creation of a

Read More →

Audio: Dr. Keli’i Akina freatured on Community Focus

Community Focus interviewed Dr. Keli’i Akina about Hawaii’s fiscal health. Dr. Akina briefly discusses the State’s budget, spending, and future plans. You can listen to the interview here: www.archive.org/details/KeliiAkinaEconomicFocusIntvw

Read More →

Grassroot Discusses Campaign Spending on HNN

Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina recently appeared on Hawaii News Now to discuss the investigation into Rep. Romy Cachola’s campaign spending irregularities. The inquiry by the state Campaign Spending Commission is looking into a number of questionable expenses by Rep. Cachola over the course of his political career, including the

Read More →

Grassroot Event on Unfunded Liabilities Featured on KITV Channel 4

There’s no escaping the seriousness of the state’s unfunded liabilities. This week, Grassroot Institute’s monthly Calabash featured Hawaii State Finance Director Kalbert Young, speaking on the issue of the unfunded liabilities and the state’s legal obligation to pay them. The presentation was featured by local ABC news station KITV Channel

Read More →

Dr. Akina Discusses Fiscal Responsibility with Community Focus

In an interview with Community Focus this week, Dr. Akina discussed Hawaii’s fiscal troubles–especially the severity of our unfunded liabilities, and the need for an approach that champions the free market and institutes “best practices” for a healthier state economy. Listen to the entire interview below.

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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