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President’s Corner

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

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The easiest way to increase tax revenues

Hawaii’s state budget is in a precarious position. It’s a startling reversal of where we were at the beginning of the year, when the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it all. In June, I praised Gov. Josh Green for cutting $1

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Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims

Usually when people negotiate, they are looking for a “win-win” result — one that will leave everyone happy — or at least satisfied. Ideally, no one is left feeling angry or taken advantage of. Hawaii’s leaders should keep that in mind as they try to persuade short-term rental owners to

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Grateful to work with you for a better Hawaii

Aloha, and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your loved ones are celebrating all that we have to be grateful for — including our freedoms and the opportunity to voice our views on how best to advance the goal of a better Hawaii. And thank you so much for reading

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Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

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YIGBY law would be “dream situation” for Hawaii housing

Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, my Grassroot Institute of Hawaii colleague Ted Kefalas stood in for me as the host to interview the Rev. Joshua Hayashi, chief executive

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Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

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Monsters of our own making

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to tell you a spooky story about a monster. The mere whisper of the monster can be enough to terrify the community. Some speak in hushed tones and others shout with alarm and dread about how its large, shambling form is a grotesque

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Stop permitting favoritism

All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others. With apologies to George Orwell, that was the thought that kept running through my mind as I read Honolulu Civil Beat’s new exposé on wait times at the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. In Orwell’s 1945 classic “Animal Farm,” the

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A simple way to improve Hawaii healthcare

Imagine that licensed medical professionals from various mainland states are lined up to work in Hawaii. Let’s say they all arrived by plane and are now in a locked room at the Honolulu airport, waiting for state officials to let them come in and start treating people. Under current law,

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 →

The easiest way to increase tax revenues

Hawaii’s state budget is in a precarious position. It’s a startling reversal of where we were at the beginning of the year, when the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it all. In June, I praised Gov. Josh Green for cutting $1

Read More →

Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims

Usually when people negotiate, they are looking for a “win-win” result — one that will leave everyone happy — or at least satisfied. Ideally, no one is left feeling angry or taken advantage of. Hawaii’s leaders should keep that in mind as they try to persuade short-term rental owners to

Read More →

Grateful to work with you for a better Hawaii

Aloha, and Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you and your loved ones are celebrating all that we have to be grateful for — including our freedoms and the opportunity to voice our views on how best to advance the goal of a better Hawaii. And thank you so much for reading

Read More →

Let’s not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype

Let me just cut to the chase: In the spirit of wise spending, it’s time that our lawmakers take a closer look at the proposed New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District and really ask themselves if it is an appropriate use of our ever-dwindling state funds. See, being a steward of

Read More →

YIGBY law would be “dream situation” for Hawaii housing

Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? On this week’s episode of “Hawaii Together” on ThinkTech Hawaii, my Grassroot Institute of Hawaii colleague Ted Kefalas stood in for me as the host to interview the Rev. Joshua Hayashi, chief executive

Read More →

Zooming in on better healthcare

Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? I think so, and let me tell you why. Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is when patients consult with their doctors over the internet via Zoom, Skype, Google Meet or some other video conference program without the

Read More →

Monsters of our own making

In the spirit of Halloween, I want to tell you a spooky story about a monster. The mere whisper of the monster can be enough to terrify the community. Some speak in hushed tones and others shout with alarm and dread about how its large, shambling form is a grotesque

Read More →

Stop permitting favoritism

All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others. With apologies to George Orwell, that was the thought that kept running through my mind as I read Honolulu Civil Beat’s new exposé on wait times at the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting. In Orwell’s 1945 classic “Animal Farm,” the

Read More →

A simple way to improve Hawaii healthcare

Imagine that licensed medical professionals from various mainland states are lined up to work in Hawaii. Let’s say they all arrived by plane and are now in a locked room at the Honolulu airport, waiting for state officials to let them come in and start treating people. Under current law,

Read More →