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President’s Corner

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

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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

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 →

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 →