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President’s Corner

True housing reform seems a strong possibility

Photo by Charley Myers It’s really wonderful to finally see so many Hawaii policymakers trying to do something about Hawaii’s soul-crushing housing shortage. We are awash with both state and county proposals intended to help solve the problem, and 2024 could be one of the best years yet in terms

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Liberation of crypto is incredible win for Hawaii

What a nice surprise it was this week when I learned that the state Division of Financial Institutions had quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii, just as they can most everywhere else. This is an incredible win for economic freedom in our state, which isn’t known

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A social tax policy I could agree with

It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year. That’s when we could all breathe a sigh of relief, confident that the desire of politicians to get reelected would keep our wallets safe a little longer. But not this year. An

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Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature

The start of Hawaii’s annual legislative session is always marked by hope and trepidation. Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? In short, the same old same old? Overall, I

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What I said to the governor about Maui housing

When facing a challenge such as rebuilding Lahaina, it’s important to work together to get the best possible outcome. Everyone involved won’t always agree on the best approach, but open discussion and debate will give the public a say to help find the best route forward. That’s why on Thursday,

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Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?

If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan. So do I. Power shortages on Monday forced Hawaiian Electric Co. to institute rolling blackouts that left 120,000 customers on the island without power for 30-minute

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Even emergency housing panel unable to act quickly

There is something very telling in the fact that it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation aimed at speeding up homebuilding in Hawaii. The governor’s order, announced in July 2023, established a 36-member Beyond Barriers Working Group to guide the hastening of

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Three resolutions for a Happy New Year

The new year is almost upon us, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: making a list of resolutions for Hawaii’s policymakers. First and foremost, I suggest they resolve to reduce Hawaii’s tax burden. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best ways to

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‘E hana kākou’ works at the dinner table too

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather to celebrate, exchange gifts and make memories. Everyone brims with a sense of fellowship and harmony. Until someone brings up politics. No matter what your beliefs, nothing can derail a family get-together like an unexpected political discussion. But

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Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?

Some Hawaii policymakers might say it’s not possible to address Hawaii’s housing crisis without spending big bucks on public construction projects. But I have exciting news. Not only is it possible, my team at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has produced a roadmap that can help make it happen. Our

Read More →

True housing reform seems a strong possibility

Photo by Charley Myers It’s really wonderful to finally see so many Hawaii policymakers trying to do something about Hawaii’s soul-crushing housing shortage. We are awash with both state and county proposals intended to help solve the problem, and 2024 could be one of the best years yet in terms

Read More →

Liberation of crypto is incredible win for Hawaii

What a nice surprise it was this week when I learned that the state Division of Financial Institutions had quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii, just as they can most everywhere else. This is an incredible win for economic freedom in our state, which isn’t known

Read More →

A social tax policy I could agree with

It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year. That’s when we could all breathe a sigh of relief, confident that the desire of politicians to get reelected would keep our wallets safe a little longer. But not this year. An

Read More →

Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature

The start of Hawaii’s annual legislative session is always marked by hope and trepidation. Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? In short, the same old same old? Overall, I

Read More →

What I said to the governor about Maui housing

When facing a challenge such as rebuilding Lahaina, it’s important to work together to get the best possible outcome. Everyone involved won’t always agree on the best approach, but open discussion and debate will give the public a say to help find the best route forward. That’s why on Thursday,

Read More →

Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?

If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan. So do I. Power shortages on Monday forced Hawaiian Electric Co. to institute rolling blackouts that left 120,000 customers on the island without power for 30-minute

Read More →

Even emergency housing panel unable to act quickly

There is something very telling in the fact that it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation aimed at speeding up homebuilding in Hawaii. The governor’s order, announced in July 2023, established a 36-member Beyond Barriers Working Group to guide the hastening of

Read More →

Three resolutions for a Happy New Year

The new year is almost upon us, which means it’s time for one of my favorite traditions: making a list of resolutions for Hawaii’s policymakers. First and foremost, I suggest they resolve to reduce Hawaii’s tax burden. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: One of the best ways to

Read More →

‘E hana kākou’ works at the dinner table too

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Family and friends gather to celebrate, exchange gifts and make memories. Everyone brims with a sense of fellowship and harmony. Until someone brings up politics. No matter what your beliefs, nothing can derail a family get-together like an unexpected political discussion. But

Read More →

Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?

Some Hawaii policymakers might say it’s not possible to address Hawaii’s housing crisis without spending big bucks on public construction projects. But I have exciting news. Not only is it possible, my team at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has produced a roadmap that can help make it happen. Our

Read More →