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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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Akina on ‘Heartland’ podcast

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Heartland Institute research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina about how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames — literally. Lava flows from the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea have destroyed dozens of homes and

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Insights on PBS Hawaii: The Jones Act

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., was part of a panel moderated by Lara Yamada that discussed possible reform of the federal martime-related Jones Act, on “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i,” Oct. 12. He was joined by Grassroot Scholar Kenneth Schoolland and reform opponents Randy Swindell, representative for the

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Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

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Hawaii’s Right to Try Bill

The Hawaii Legislature is currently considering HB 1013, a bill that would allow manufacturers of “investigational” drugs and treatments to make such treatments available to eligible terminally ill patients who have given written, informed consent. The bill also manufacturers and doctors from liability under these qualified circumstances. This model legislation,

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HNN Covers Grassroot Report on Zombie Pension Payments

Yesterday, Grassroot released its finding that more than a half a million dollars had been paid out of the public pension fund to deceased beneficiaries. Reporter Rick Daysog of Hawaii News Now picked up the story and covered it in the evening news. You can see more below or go

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Dr. Akina Discusses the Proposed DOI Rule on Hawaii Public Radio

When the Department of the Interior explored the possibility of helping establish a Native Hawaiian “tribe” last year, Grassroot Institute submitted comments about the problematic nature of their plan. We were joined in opposition with a substantial number of Native Hawaiians who had grave concerns about the federal government’s involvement

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Keli’i Akina interviewed in Star-Ad

This interview was originally published Sept. 11, 2015, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell. Keli’i Akina is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed recently against the state of Hawaii and others seeking to stop an election and convention that possibly would help establish a sovereign Native

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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,

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 →

Akina on ‘Heartland’ podcast

In this episode of the Heartland Daily Podcast, Heartland Institute research fellow Jesse Hathaway talks with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina about how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames — literally. Lava flows from the Hawaiian volcano Kilauea have destroyed dozens of homes and

Read More →

Insights on PBS Hawaii: The Jones Act

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., was part of a panel moderated by Lara Yamada that discussed possible reform of the federal martime-related Jones Act, on “Insights on PBS Hawai‘i,” Oct. 12. He was joined by Grassroot Scholar Kenneth Schoolland and reform opponents Randy Swindell, representative for the

Read More →

Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach. With the Food Safety Modernization Act looming on the horizon, the

Read More →

Hawaii’s Right to Try Bill

The Hawaii Legislature is currently considering HB 1013, a bill that would allow manufacturers of “investigational” drugs and treatments to make such treatments available to eligible terminally ill patients who have given written, informed consent. The bill also manufacturers and doctors from liability under these qualified circumstances. This model legislation,

Read More →

HNN Covers Grassroot Report on Zombie Pension Payments

Yesterday, Grassroot released its finding that more than a half a million dollars had been paid out of the public pension fund to deceased beneficiaries. Reporter Rick Daysog of Hawaii News Now picked up the story and covered it in the evening news. You can see more below or go

Read More →

Dr. Akina Discusses the Proposed DOI Rule on Hawaii Public Radio

When the Department of the Interior explored the possibility of helping establish a Native Hawaiian “tribe” last year, Grassroot Institute submitted comments about the problematic nature of their plan. We were joined in opposition with a substantial number of Native Hawaiians who had grave concerns about the federal government’s involvement

Read More →

Keli’i Akina interviewed in Star-Ad

This interview was originally published Sept. 11, 2015, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell. Keli’i Akina is one of six plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed recently against the state of Hawaii and others seeking to stop an election and convention that possibly would help establish a sovereign Native

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