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President’s Corner

Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

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Alaska cruising victory bodes well for Hawaii

A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, D.C. Let’s hope it’s contagious. Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii partnered with the Alaska Policy Forum in support of a resolution before the Alaska Legislature that asked Congress to grant the Last Frontier an exemption to

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Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

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Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

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HART needs to quit being so secretive

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for May 7, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ For years, Hawaii citizens have been asking the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to

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Failure of emergency powers reform is major disappointment

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 30, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If the legislative session that ended yesterday had been a sporting event, it would have

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How to tell which bills to veto

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 24, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ As we near the end of the legislative session, the spotlight is moving toward

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Honolulu rail a ‘political project’ that’s ready for a remake

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 16, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ When will Hawaii’s leadership acknowledge that it’s time for new thinking on the Honolulu

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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. This column was republished in full by MauiNow on April 18, 2021. ____________ Depending on what

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Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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Don’t criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers

When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results. That’s exactly what happened after the governor and Hawaii’s four mayors imposed their COVID-19 emergency orders: People who had never been arrested or convicted of crimes in their entire lives suddenly were

Read More →

Alaska cruising victory bodes well for Hawaii

A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, D.C. Let’s hope it’s contagious. Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii partnered with the Alaska Policy Forum in support of a resolution before the Alaska Legislature that asked Congress to grant the Last Frontier an exemption to

Read More →

Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?

If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself. President Joe Biden granted two limited Jones Act exemptions over the past 10 days in response to the ransomware attack that temporarily shut down the

Read More →

Affordable housing debate is about means, not end

Supporters of the well-intentioned but misguided Bill 10 on Maui wanted affordable housing, and so did those who warned against it Maui County residents dodged a bullet last Friday. The Maui County Council upheld Mayor Michael Victorino’s veto of Bill 10, a proposal that would have worsened the county’s housing

Read More →

HART needs to quit being so secretive

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for May 7, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ For years, Hawaii citizens have been asking the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation to

Read More →

Failure of emergency powers reform is major disappointment

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 30, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ If the legislative session that ended yesterday had been a sporting event, it would have

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How to tell which bills to veto

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 24, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ As we near the end of the legislative session, the spotlight is moving toward

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Honolulu rail a ‘political project’ that’s ready for a remake

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 16, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ When will Hawaii’s leadership acknowledge that it’s time for new thinking on the Honolulu

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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. This column was republished in full by MauiNow on April 18, 2021. ____________ Depending on what

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tax odometer

Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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