Thursday, May 19, 2022
The Hawaii Legislature is done for the year.  Its last day for this session was May 5th.  It has done all its work on new laws for this season.  Some of the bills it finally passed have already been signed into law.  Others are awaiting the Governor’s...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but banning short-term vacation rentals is not going to lower Oahu housing prices. On Wednesday, the Honolulu City...
By Joe Kent Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it: >> $250 million on tax rebates of $300 for each taxpayer who earns less than $100,000, and $300...
Many of the most draconian measures of Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures have been lifted, but it still is important that we reform the state’s emergency-management law, according to Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, and Malia Blom Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
By Keli'i Akina There’s no getting around the basic rules of economics. For years, I have been saying that the housing crisis is exacerbated by regulatory roadblocks at the municipal, county and state levels. Delays, zoning rules and a long pathway...
By Keli'i Akina Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now,...
A friend and I were recently discussing the prevailing state of affairsdominating world news and the human outlook. After we got past Covidand the raging war in Europe, we couldn’t avoid the recently releasedUnited Nations report on climate change. IPCC: “Window to avert catastrophic...
By Keli'i Akina Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions:>> Who are we trying to help?>> Who would actually be affected?>> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families?Clearly,...
It has just been revealed by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) that Hawaii’s wild food resources, including sheep, goats, and pigs, are deliberately and inhumanely being denied water, causing untold suffering, disease, and death, made worse by current drought conditions in many parts...