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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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Johnny Miro gets the lowdown on Hawaii’s lack of COVID-19 transparency

Radio host Johnny Miro of H Hawaii Media interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 about Gov. David Ige’s lack of COVID-19 transparency. Stations belonging to the H Hawaii Media network include KORL Oldies 101.1 FM, K-Rock 101.5 FM, Retro 97.1 FM, Nash Icon 107.5 FM and Shaka 96.7

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Akina, Perry discuss Hawaii’s ‘state secrets’ 

Gov. David Ige’s secretive decision-making during the coronavirus crisis has caught the attention of journalists throughout Hawaii, including Michael W. Perry, the state’s most popular radio personality, who yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2020, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on his “Perry & The Posse” program.   Hear

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Perry interviews Akina about new Jones Act study

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released its groundbreaking study on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, regarding how much the Jones Act costs Hawaii, and the next day institute president Keli’i Akina was interviewed by radio personality Michael W. Perry, about the report’s findings. Perry is host of Hawaii’s No. 1 daily morning

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Akina discusses state budget on KITV4 Island News

Keli’i Akina was interviewed Monday, June 22, 2020, by reporter Paul Drewes of KITV4 Island News about the Legislature’s options for balancing the state budget. Drewes also mentioned the new online tool from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that lets individuals try to balance the budget themselves. The tool can

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Akina discuses tourism, diversification on MauiNow

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, chatted earlier this month with Pacific Media Group COO and MauiNow director Jack Dugan to answer questions about the state of Hawai’i’s economy. MauiNow’s summary of the interview can be found here. A complete transcript is below. Jack Dugan:

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Akina goes riding with Perry & The Posse

Hawaii radio star Michael W. Perry hosted Keli’i Akina on his hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on Thursday, May 28, 2020, to talk about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new “Road map to prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown.” Akina, institute president,

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Legislature needs to cut costs, Akina advises on KITV4

KITV4 reporter Paul Drewes interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Wednesday, May 13, to get the institute’s views about legislative plans for Hawaii’s state budget. Considering that the COVID-19 crisis has decimated Hawaii’s economy, causing state tax revenues to dry up, Akina advised: “The Legislature

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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

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 →

Johnny Miro gets the lowdown on Hawaii’s lack of COVID-19 transparency

Radio host Johnny Miro of H Hawaii Media interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020 about Gov. David Ige’s lack of COVID-19 transparency. Stations belonging to the H Hawaii Media network include KORL Oldies 101.1 FM, K-Rock 101.5 FM, Retro 97.1 FM, Nash Icon 107.5 FM and Shaka 96.7

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Akina, Perry discuss Hawaii’s ‘state secrets’ 

Gov. David Ige’s secretive decision-making during the coronavirus crisis has caught the attention of journalists throughout Hawaii, including Michael W. Perry, the state’s most popular radio personality, who yesterday, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2020, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on his “Perry & The Posse” program.   Hear

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Perry interviews Akina about new Jones Act study

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released its groundbreaking study on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, regarding how much the Jones Act costs Hawaii, and the next day institute president Keli’i Akina was interviewed by radio personality Michael W. Perry, about the report’s findings. Perry is host of Hawaii’s No. 1 daily morning

Read More →

Akina discusses state budget on KITV4 Island News

Keli’i Akina was interviewed Monday, June 22, 2020, by reporter Paul Drewes of KITV4 Island News about the Legislature’s options for balancing the state budget. Drewes also mentioned the new online tool from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that lets individuals try to balance the budget themselves. The tool can

Read More →

Akina discuses tourism, diversification on MauiNow

Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, chatted earlier this month with Pacific Media Group COO and MauiNow director Jack Dugan to answer questions about the state of Hawai’i’s economy. MauiNow’s summary of the interview can be found here. A complete transcript is below. Jack Dugan:

Read More →

Akina goes riding with Perry & The Posse

Hawaii radio star Michael W. Perry hosted Keli’i Akina on his hugely popular “Perry & The Posse” radio show on Thursday, May 28, 2020, to talk about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s new “Road map to prosperity: How Hawaii can recover and even excel after the coronavirus lockdown.” Akina, institute president,

Read More →

Legislature needs to cut costs, Akina advises on KITV4

KITV4 reporter Paul Drewes interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Wednesday, May 13, to get the institute’s views about legislative plans for Hawaii’s state budget. Considering that the COVID-19 crisis has decimated Hawaii’s economy, causing state tax revenues to dry up, Akina advised: “The Legislature

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