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Presentations & Webinars

Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong

The founder of Truth in Accounting showed her Maui audience how Hawaii’s state budgeting practices invite financial collapse Everyone had a good time at the institute’s first in-person event on Maui since 2020, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. That’s because Sheila Weinberg, founder of national government watchdog group Truth in Accounting, engaged

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Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

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Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

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Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

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WEBINAR: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

Find out how we can prevent the extended abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law by joining us for a free webinar, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, starting at noon. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the one-hour program will feature: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the

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Akina gets fiscal with the Hawaii Society of CPAs

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii outlined the financial problems Hawaii is facing, and the “best practices” that could help it recover, during the 60th — and first virtual — annual conference of the Hawaii Society of CPAs. Other speakers at the Nov. 20, 2020, event included Tracey Golden,

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How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

Examples include special-interest support for the Jones Act, job licensing, project labor agreements and tourism subsidies People who think the United States has a free market apparently are unaware of the economic concept of “rent-seeking,” also known as crony capitalism. During a presentation in October to a political science class at

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Can Hawaii’s lockdowns be overturned in court?

Many groups nationwide have filed lawsuits against the coronavirus emergency orders declared by their governors. Some have been successful. Others not, including at least two so far in Hawaii, in both state and federal court. Can Hawaii’s seemingly interminable state lockdown, first ordered in March, ever be overturned in court? On Friday,

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Webinar: Grassroot Institute puts Jones Act on political front burner

At a webinar featuring U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and U.S. Rep. Ed Case, the institute revealed exactly how much the Jones Act costs Hawaii Hundreds of people from around the country tuned in yesterday to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s webinar, during which it revealed the findings of its new groundbreaking study into the cost

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Lockdowns, testing and tracking: Are they all really legal?

Two constitutional attorneys who have been monitoring Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures of the past three months were featured guests at a webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Jeffrey Portnoy and Robert Thomas talked about what we can expect as the state and counties slowly

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Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong

The founder of Truth in Accounting showed her Maui audience how Hawaii’s state budgeting practices invite financial collapse Everyone had a good time at the institute’s first in-person event on Maui since 2020, on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. That’s because Sheila Weinberg, founder of national government watchdog group Truth in Accounting, engaged

Read More →

Webinar makes powerful case for Jones Act reform

Watch our successful webinar about the Jones Act that involved participants and viewers from one end of the nation to the other, from Guam to Puerto Rico, with Hawaii and Alaska in between. Presented by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 12, 2021, the webinar promised to explain how

Read More →

Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

Read More →

Webinar: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

The following is a webinar presented Feb. 12, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on the topic, “How we can prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law.” The one-hour program featured: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation, who has joined us previously to

Read More →

WEBINAR: How to prevent abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law

Find out how we can prevent the extended abuse of Hawaii’s emergency powers law by joining us for a free webinar, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, starting at noon. Sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, the one-hour program will feature: >> Robert Thomas, Grassroot Scholar and constitutional attorney with the

Read More →

Akina gets fiscal with the Hawaii Society of CPAs

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii outlined the financial problems Hawaii is facing, and the “best practices” that could help it recover, during the 60th — and first virtual — annual conference of the Hawaii Society of CPAs. Other speakers at the Nov. 20, 2020, event included Tracey Golden,

Read More →

How Hawaii is harmed by ‘rent seeking’

Examples include special-interest support for the Jones Act, job licensing, project labor agreements and tourism subsidies People who think the United States has a free market apparently are unaware of the economic concept of “rent-seeking,” also known as crony capitalism. During a presentation in October to a political science class at

Read More →

Can Hawaii’s lockdowns be overturned in court?

Many groups nationwide have filed lawsuits against the coronavirus emergency orders declared by their governors. Some have been successful. Others not, including at least two so far in Hawaii, in both state and federal court. Can Hawaii’s seemingly interminable state lockdown, first ordered in March, ever be overturned in court? On Friday,

Read More →

Webinar: Grassroot Institute puts Jones Act on political front burner

At a webinar featuring U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and U.S. Rep. Ed Case, the institute revealed exactly how much the Jones Act costs Hawaii Hundreds of people from around the country tuned in yesterday to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s webinar, during which it revealed the findings of its new groundbreaking study into the cost

Read More →

Lockdowns, testing and tracking: Are they all really legal?

Two constitutional attorneys who have been monitoring Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures of the past three months were featured guests at a webinar sponsored by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Jeffrey Portnoy and Robert Thomas talked about what we can expect as the state and counties slowly

Read More →