2024 Legislative outcomes shows support for new ideas

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By Keli‘i Akina

Some people might have been surprised to see staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green’s recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform.


But they shouldn’t have been. These events — and Grassroot’s presence at them — were proof of something I’ve been telling people for a long time: that Hawaii might be a one-party state, but that doesn’t mean it’s a one-idea state.

In truth, Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas and new ways of thinking, including ideas promoted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

Keli’i Akina

The exciting outcomes of the 2024 state legislative session showed that we have support for our ideas, and we can we can successfully advocate our values for the betterment of all Hawaii residents

Indeed, this is what’s behind the Grassroot Institute’s motto “E hana kakou” or “Let’s work together.” We really can work together for a better Hawaii. We just need to identify the goals we all can agree on, produce thorough research to inform our legislators, and bring together different individuals and groups necessary to help achieve those goals.

As Gov. Green was signing into law his huge state income-tax cut and a GET exemption for certain medical payments to doctors, he acknowledged how representatives of many different political and economic perspectives came together and worked so hard to bring us to that moment.

As I stood there, I couldn’t help but reflect on how Grassroot has expanded its reach and impact to become the most influential local voice advocating policies that advance individual liberty, economic freedom and limited, accountable government.

Actively participating in the marketplace of ideas has helped us refine our reputation as an organization rooted in philosophical and intellectual integrity, which I believe has earned us a seat at the table in working toward a more free and prosperous Hawaii.

Looking ahead, I welcome more opportunities to advance policy options that will lead us to a more free and prosperous Hawaii.

Keli‘i Akina is president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.



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Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market and accountable government. Through research papers, policy briefings, commentaries and conferences, the Institute seeks to educate and inform Hawaii's policy makers, news media and general public. Committed to its independence, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii neither seeks nor accepts government funding. The institute is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by all those who share a concern for Hawaii's future and an appreciation of the role of sound ideas and more informed choices.

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