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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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NEWS RELEASE: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award

Photo by Mark Coleman The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 11, 2021. ____________ The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii’s most important foundations marks an “exciting development” in the history of the institute HONOLULU, Aug. 12, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Ige praised for restoring government transparency

Keli’i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says terminating the suspension of the state’s open-records law was “long overdue” HONOLULU, August 8, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commended Gov. David Ige today for reinstating Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, after suspending the transparency law, in whole or in part, for more than a

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New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

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NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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NEWS RELEASE: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award

Photo by Mark Coleman The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 11, 2021. ____________ The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii’s most important foundations marks an “exciting development” in the history of the institute HONOLULU, Aug. 12, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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NEWS RELEASE: Gov. Ige praised for restoring government transparency

Keli’i Akina, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii president, says terminating the suspension of the state’s open-records law was “long overdue” HONOLULU, August 8, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii commended Gov. David Ige today for reinstating Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act, after suspending the transparency law, in whole or in part, for more than a

Read More →

New policy report slices through common defenses of the Jones Act

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 28, 2021. ____________ DOWNLOAD THE PDF The Grassroot Institute has produced a handy guide addressing five key arguments that Jones Act defenders just won’t let die HONOLULU, July 28, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has

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NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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PVSA-reform bills in Congress could provide boost to Hawaii

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued the following as a news release on June 12, 2021. ________________ The federal Passenger Vessel Services Act has long been recognized as an impediment to Hawaii’s tourism potential and port-related jobs HONOLULU, June 12, 2021 >> In another blow to the U.S. Passenger Vessel Services

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NEWS RELEASE: President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska from PVSA

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 25, 2021. ________________ The Passenger Vessel Services Act cut off Alaska’s tourism industry from large foreign-flagged cruise ships departing from Washington HONOLULU, May 25, 2021 >> In a huge victory for Alaska’s tourism industry — with

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New article warns of vacuum after MS Pride of America leaves Hawaii

Photo by Charley Myers The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 11, 2021. ____________ If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to take its place under federal law HONOLULU, May 11, 2021

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HART officials looking at 27 possible rail changes

Photo courtesy of HART The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on April 30, 2021. ____________ Funding worries have forced the Honolulu transit agency to consider alternatives to its original plan, newly released documents show   HONOLULU, April 30, 2021 >> The Honolulu Authority

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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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