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Grassroot Institute Releases Communication with Ige Campaign

In response to the Ige campaign’s release of their communication stating specific concerns over the upcoming Grassroot Gubernatorial forum, we are releasing our response to the Ige campaign. Although concerns of the Ige campaign were raised only after Mr. Ige’s withdrawal and well after plans had been made and agreed to

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Gubernatorial Forum Proceeds without David Ige

Although David Ige has communicated today that he plans to withdraw from participating in the Grassroot Institute Gubernatorial Forum on Friday, August 22, the event will continue with the full participation of the other major candidates for governor: James “Duke” Aiona, Mufi Hannemann and Jeff Davis. The candidate forum,  which will

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U.S. Senators Criticize DOI Effort to Recognize a Native Hawaiian Government

Letter to DOI Secretary Jewell questions legality, constitutionality of the ANPRM HONOLULU, Hawaii—August 6, 2014—A group of U.S. Senators has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), criticizing the recent Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that explored the creation of a government-to-government relationship with the Native

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School Choice Event Shows New Way Forward for Hawaii Education Reform

Grassroot Institute’s Friedman Dinner emphasizes bipartisanship, cooperation in improving schools HONOLULU, Hawaii—August 1, 2014—A growing movement for education reform was in evidence at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s Friedman Dinner, an annual event held in support of school choice. The dinner, which took place on July 31st at the Japanese

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Star-Advertiser Poll Confirms that Majority Oppose Federal Involvement in Native Hawaiian Recognition

Questions continue to swirl around propriety of the state’s nation-building  HONOLULU, Hawaii—July 16, 2014—A new online poll by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirms that despite continued support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a significant majority are opposed to the federal government’s involvement in the creation of a Native Hawaiian government. The poll, which appeared

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Experts Cast Doubt on the Viability of Hawaiian Nation-Building

At Grassroot Institute forum OHA Trustee Stender and Former AG Lilly question current efforts to create a sovereign Hawaiian nation. HONOLULU, Hawaii—June 20, 2014—The feasibility of both the state and federal push to create a sovereign Native Hawaiian nation was brought into sharp question today as two authorities with very

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Announcement of Department of the Interior Hearings Raises Questions About Nation-Building Process

As the DOI schedules hearings on a proposed rule to create a Native Hawaiian tribe, Grassroot asks, “Who benefits from this strategy?” HONOLULU, Hawaii—June 18, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior has announced its intention to hold hearings in Hawaii on a proposed rule that would establish a government-to-government relationship with the Native

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Grassroot Institute Releases Communication with Ige Campaign

In response to the Ige campaign’s release of their communication stating specific concerns over the upcoming Grassroot Gubernatorial forum, we are releasing our response to the Ige campaign. Although concerns of the Ige campaign were raised only after Mr. Ige’s withdrawal and well after plans had been made and agreed to

Read More →

Gubernatorial Forum Proceeds without David Ige

Although David Ige has communicated today that he plans to withdraw from participating in the Grassroot Institute Gubernatorial Forum on Friday, August 22, the event will continue with the full participation of the other major candidates for governor: James “Duke” Aiona, Mufi Hannemann and Jeff Davis. The candidate forum,  which will

Read More →

U.S. Senators Criticize DOI Effort to Recognize a Native Hawaiian Government

Letter to DOI Secretary Jewell questions legality, constitutionality of the ANPRM HONOLULU, Hawaii—August 6, 2014—A group of U.S. Senators has sent a letter to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), criticizing the recent Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that explored the creation of a government-to-government relationship with the Native

Read More →

School Choice Event Shows New Way Forward for Hawaii Education Reform

Grassroot Institute’s Friedman Dinner emphasizes bipartisanship, cooperation in improving schools HONOLULU, Hawaii—August 1, 2014—A growing movement for education reform was in evidence at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s Friedman Dinner, an annual event held in support of school choice. The dinner, which took place on July 31st at the Japanese

Read More →

Star-Advertiser Poll Confirms that Majority Oppose Federal Involvement in Native Hawaiian Recognition

Questions continue to swirl around propriety of the state’s nation-building  HONOLULU, Hawaii—July 16, 2014—A new online poll by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser confirms that despite continued support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a significant majority are opposed to the federal government’s involvement in the creation of a Native Hawaiian government. The poll, which appeared

Read More →

Experts Cast Doubt on the Viability of Hawaiian Nation-Building

At Grassroot Institute forum OHA Trustee Stender and Former AG Lilly question current efforts to create a sovereign Hawaiian nation. HONOLULU, Hawaii—June 20, 2014—The feasibility of both the state and federal push to create a sovereign Native Hawaiian nation was brought into sharp question today as two authorities with very

Read More →

Announcement of Department of the Interior Hearings Raises Questions About Nation-Building Process

As the DOI schedules hearings on a proposed rule to create a Native Hawaiian tribe, Grassroot asks, “Who benefits from this strategy?” HONOLULU, Hawaii—June 18, 2014—The United States Department of the Interior has announced its intention to hold hearings in Hawaii on a proposed rule that would establish a government-to-government relationship with the Native

Read More →