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Radio host inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’

Its ability to explain public policy issues with “simplicity and efficiency” is what first impressed Matt Gilbertson about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Gilbertson, founder of MGA Architecture in Honolulu, discussed his interest in the communication style of Hawaii’s only free market think tank on his radio show, “Design Talk

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Akina to Perry: ‘I’m not giving up hope’

It seems like every day there is a new report revealing yet another social or economic problem in Hawaii. But if people speak out and let policymakers know what’s on their minds, things can change. That’s what Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, told KSSK radio host

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Akina rides again with ‘Perry & the Posse’

Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry once again hosted Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on his popular KSSK show “Perry & The Posse.” Introducing Akina on his morning show this past Thursday, May 2, as “one of the people you probably agree with more than not,”

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Akina decries Hawaii Legislature’s ‘backward budgeting’

The Hawaii Legislature has been considering a $16 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that would spend more money than it’s projected to take in. As a result, it is scrambling to find new ways to raise tax revenue, and that, says Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii,

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Akina updates ‘808 State Update’ on contracting report

It didn’t take long for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s newest policy report, “How to revive contracting as a policy option in Hawaii,” to receive some thoughtful media attention. Publicly released on Wednesday, March 13, the report describes the legal obstacles that have made it difficult for Hawaii’s state and county governments to

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Akina talks rent control on ‘Lars Larson Show’

Oregon last month became the first state to adopt statewide mandatory rent control, which bars landlords from raising their rents more than 7 percent a year, plus inflation. On Monday, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina spoke on the popular national radio show “The Lars Larson Show” about how

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GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax in order to fund public education, but Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, says this seemingly small increase would be harmful to Hawaii residents who already

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‘Perry & The Posse’ hosts Akina on morning radio show

The host of one of Hawaii’s most popular morning radio programs, Michael W. Perry, of KSSK’s “Perry & The Posse,” wanted to know what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to see come out of the 2019 Hawaii legislative session, so he interviewed Keli‘i Akina, president of the independent

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The problem with rail isn’t PR

This is a letter to the editor that was published Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. We commend the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for putting the spotlight on the failed public relations efforts of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“Loss on a rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach,” Star- Advertiser,

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HPR, Akina talk lava disaster

Chris Vandercook of Hawaii Public Radio this morning (June 18, 2018) interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, about how state law encouraged people to build homes in Lava Zones 1 and 2 on Hawaii Island, where more than 500 homes now have been destroyed by lava since early

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Radio host inspired by ‘simplicity and efficiency’

Its ability to explain public policy issues with “simplicity and efficiency” is what first impressed Matt Gilbertson about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Gilbertson, founder of MGA Architecture in Honolulu, discussed his interest in the communication style of Hawaii’s only free market think tank on his radio show, “Design Talk

Read More →

Akina to Perry: ‘I’m not giving up hope’

It seems like every day there is a new report revealing yet another social or economic problem in Hawaii. But if people speak out and let policymakers know what’s on their minds, things can change. That’s what Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, told KSSK radio host

Read More →

Akina rides again with ‘Perry & the Posse’

Hawaii radio personality Michael W. Perry once again hosted Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on his popular KSSK show “Perry & The Posse.” Introducing Akina on his morning show this past Thursday, May 2, as “one of the people you probably agree with more than not,”

Read More →

Akina decries Hawaii Legislature’s ‘backward budgeting’

The Hawaii Legislature has been considering a $16 billion budget for fiscal year 2020 that would spend more money than it’s projected to take in. As a result, it is scrambling to find new ways to raise tax revenue, and that, says Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii,

Read More →

Akina updates ‘808 State Update’ on contracting report

It didn’t take long for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s newest policy report, “How to revive contracting as a policy option in Hawaii,” to receive some thoughtful media attention. Publicly released on Wednesday, March 13, the report describes the legal obstacles that have made it difficult for Hawaii’s state and county governments to

Read More →

Akina talks rent control on ‘Lars Larson Show’

Oregon last month became the first state to adopt statewide mandatory rent control, which bars landlords from raising their rents more than 7 percent a year, plus inflation. On Monday, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina spoke on the popular national radio show “The Lars Larson Show” about how

Read More →

GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax in order to fund public education, but Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, says this seemingly small increase would be harmful to Hawaii residents who already

Read More →

‘Perry & The Posse’ hosts Akina on morning radio show

The host of one of Hawaii’s most popular morning radio programs, Michael W. Perry, of KSSK’s “Perry & The Posse,” wanted to know what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to see come out of the 2019 Hawaii legislative session, so he interviewed Keli‘i Akina, president of the independent

Read More →

The problem with rail isn’t PR

This is a letter to the editor that was published Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. We commend the Honolulu Star-Advertiser for putting the spotlight on the failed public relations efforts of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (“Loss on a rail charter question prompts concerns about community outreach,” Star- Advertiser,

Read More →

HPR, Akina talk lava disaster

Chris Vandercook of Hawaii Public Radio this morning (June 18, 2018) interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, about how state law encouraged people to build homes in Lava Zones 1 and 2 on Hawaii Island, where more than 500 homes now have been destroyed by lava since early

Read More →