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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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Adaptability is key to solving Hawaii’s housing crisis

Can Honolulu kill two birds with one stone by way of “adaptive reuse” projects?  Speaking on Sunday with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro, Jonathan Helton of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented adaptive reuse as a possible solution to two pressing issues in Honolulu: downtown office vacancies and

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Hamada hosts Helton for wide-ranging discussion

Converting offices to homes, coping with Maui’s at-capacity sewer systems and revising the rules for Residential A properties on Oahu.  Those were three of the housing-related topics that Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed last week on Rick Hamada’s radio show on KHVH NewsRadio 830. Helton

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Think small to help resolve Kaua‘i’s housing crisis

The following commentary was originally published Sept. 27, 2023, in The Garden Island newspaper on Kaua‘i. _____________ If Kaua‘i County lawmakers would like to get ahead of the housing crisis curve, they should consider allowing homebuilding on lot sizes smaller than currently allowed. The simple truth is that larger houses cost more.

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Lahaina fire lawsuits hamstring release of information, apologies

As government officials look to rebuild in the aftermath of the Lahaina fire, Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said protecting landowners’ property rights should be their top priority.  Kent told radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH last week that “everyone got nervous”

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Governor’s revised housing proclamation caves to NIMBYs

State and county leaders need to take “bold action” to fix Hawaii’s housing crisis in response to Gov. Josh Green modifying his emergency proclamation on housing, said Ted Kefalas, speaking on Sunday with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro. “It is a shame to see the governor and his

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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

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

Read More →

Adaptability is key to solving Hawaii’s housing crisis

Can Honolulu kill two birds with one stone by way of “adaptive reuse” projects?  Speaking on Sunday with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro, Jonathan Helton of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented adaptive reuse as a possible solution to two pressing issues in Honolulu: downtown office vacancies and

Read More →

Hamada hosts Helton for wide-ranging discussion

Converting offices to homes, coping with Maui’s at-capacity sewer systems and revising the rules for Residential A properties on Oahu.  Those were three of the housing-related topics that Jonathan Helton, policy researcher with Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, discussed last week on Rick Hamada’s radio show on KHVH NewsRadio 830. Helton

Read More →

Think small to help resolve Kaua‘i’s housing crisis

The following commentary was originally published Sept. 27, 2023, in The Garden Island newspaper on Kaua‘i. _____________ If Kaua‘i County lawmakers would like to get ahead of the housing crisis curve, they should consider allowing homebuilding on lot sizes smaller than currently allowed. The simple truth is that larger houses cost more.

Read More →

Lahaina fire lawsuits hamstring release of information, apologies

As government officials look to rebuild in the aftermath of the Lahaina fire, Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said protecting landowners’ property rights should be their top priority.  Kent told radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH last week that “everyone got nervous”

Read More →

Governor’s revised housing proclamation caves to NIMBYs

State and county leaders need to take “bold action” to fix Hawaii’s housing crisis in response to Gov. Josh Green modifying his emergency proclamation on housing, said Ted Kefalas, speaking on Sunday with H. Hawaii Media radio host Johnny Miro. “It is a shame to see the governor and his

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