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Akina to Miro: ‘That’s just not how our system is supposed to work’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty,” was the topic Jan. 24, 2021, of radio host Johnny Miro’s interview with Institute President Keli’i Akina on the H Hawaii Media network. The conversation focused on details of the institute’s new report, and what can be done to

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Sane budgeting and restoring civil liberties

It was a “twofer” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, when Hawaii radio host Mike Buck spoke with Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on “The Mike Buck Show,” heard daily on AM 65 and FM 92.3, The Answer. Their 20-minute conversation focused on both the institute’s recent news release

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Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

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Furloughs alone won’t solve budget crisis

The following recording from Dec. 18, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and here’s how it started: Mike Buck: I saw something, Keli’i,

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‘Hawaii’s economic crisis and how to solve it’

As Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures continue, its economic crisis is worsening and inquiring minds want to know what can be done about it. That’s why Johnny Miro of H.Hawaii Media featured Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on his Sunday morning radio show, to talk for 20 minutes about how

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Akina warns on KHON2 TV of massive unemployment tax hike

KHON2 TV reporter Jenn Boneza interviewed Grassroot Institute President Keli’I Akina for a news story that was aired at least three times on Tuesday (Nov. 24) about how Hawaii’s unemployment insurance tax is going to automatically triple in the new year, unless action is taken to prevent it. “A restaurant, or perhaps a small retail shop, with

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Akina and Perry talk ‘unemployment tax blues’

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii rode once again with “Perry & The Posse” this past Monday, invited by host Michael W. Perry to share his views about the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax. “It’s not bad enough that Hawaii’s business have been hit

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‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’

Keli’i Akina explains on “The Mike Buck Show” why a slated tripling of the state unemployment insurance tax will only worsen Hawaii’s unemployment situation   “Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!” That was how Hawaii radio host Mike

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Enlist private sector to help trim state, county budgets

This commentary was published originally in The Garden Island newspaper on Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Gov. David Ige is rightly considering cuts to the state budget to compensate for Hawai‘i’s dizzying drop in tax revenues due to the coronavirus lockdown. One tool that could help would be for the state

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Akina to Miro: ‘That’s just not how our system is supposed to work’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty,” was the topic Jan. 24, 2021, of radio host Johnny Miro’s interview with Institute President Keli’i Akina on the H Hawaii Media network. The conversation focused on details of the institute’s new report, and what can be done to

Read More →

Sane budgeting and restoring civil liberties

It was a “twofer” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, when Hawaii radio host Mike Buck spoke with Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on “The Mike Buck Show,” heard daily on AM 65 and FM 92.3, The Answer. Their 20-minute conversation focused on both the institute’s recent news release

Read More →

Why so many people are leaving Hawaii

The following recording from Dec. 23, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and you can hear the whole thing below. The topic

Read More →

Furloughs alone won’t solve budget crisis

The following recording from Dec. 18, 2020 features Hawaii radio host Mike Buck interviewing Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on The Mike Buck Show on AM 690 and FM 94.3, The Answer. It’s about 20 minutes, and here’s how it started: Mike Buck: I saw something, Keli’i,

Read More →

‘Hawaii’s economic crisis and how to solve it’

As Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures continue, its economic crisis is worsening and inquiring minds want to know what can be done about it. That’s why Johnny Miro of H.Hawaii Media featured Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute on his Sunday morning radio show, to talk for 20 minutes about how

Read More →

Akina warns on KHON2 TV of massive unemployment tax hike

KHON2 TV reporter Jenn Boneza interviewed Grassroot Institute President Keli’I Akina for a news story that was aired at least three times on Tuesday (Nov. 24) about how Hawaii’s unemployment insurance tax is going to automatically triple in the new year, unless action is taken to prevent it. “A restaurant, or perhaps a small retail shop, with

Read More →

Akina and Perry talk ‘unemployment tax blues’

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii rode once again with “Perry & The Posse” this past Monday, invited by host Michael W. Perry to share his views about the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax. “It’s not bad enough that Hawaii’s business have been hit

Read More →

‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’

Keli’i Akina explains on “The Mike Buck Show” why a slated tripling of the state unemployment insurance tax will only worsen Hawaii’s unemployment situation   “Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!” That was how Hawaii radio host Mike

Read More →

Enlist private sector to help trim state, county budgets

This commentary was published originally in The Garden Island newspaper on Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Gov. David Ige is rightly considering cuts to the state budget to compensate for Hawai‘i’s dizzying drop in tax revenues due to the coronavirus lockdown. One tool that could help would be for the state

Read More →