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Presentations & Webinars

How to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

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Economic conditions that affect Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

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What Hawaii must do to recover financially

Photo by Annika Young A huge infusion of COVID-19 aid money from the federal government has solved Hawaii’s budgetary troubles in the short run. But what about the long run? Institute President Keli‘i Akina addressed that question during remarks to members of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council at its annual convention on Nov.

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Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

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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

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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 to create a more robust healthcare system on Maui

Healthcare in Hawaii is beset with problems, and the situation is especially acute on Maui. But there are reforms that could improve the situation, according to Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii In a Jan. 12, 2022, presentation to the West Maui Taxpayers Association, Akina

Read More →

Economic conditions that affect Hawaii small businesses

Government policies are having a devastating effect on Hawaii small businesses, and there is much that needs to be done to turn things around, said Keli‘i Akina during a Jan. 11, 2022, presentation to the Hawaii Small Business Development Center. Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said the

Read More →

What Hawaii must do to recover financially

Photo by Annika Young A huge infusion of COVID-19 aid money from the federal government has solved Hawaii’s budgetary troubles in the short run. But what about the long run? Institute President Keli‘i Akina addressed that question during remarks to members of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council at its annual convention on Nov.

Read More →

Webinar highlights need to get rid of medical ‘certificate of need’ laws

Three experts explained Monday how CON laws have throttled Hawaii’s ability to cope with its healthcare needs Hawaii anachronistic medical “certificate of need” laws have percolated to the top of local discussion in recent months, especially as more people have realized their connection to Hawaii’s lack of healthcare capacity in the wake of

Read More →

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 →