Monday, June 27, 2022
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina We are finally breathing a little more freely.  As of Saturday, March 26, 2022, Hawaii’s mask mandate was officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19...
Our latest tale of legislative drama starts from diapers. Literally. House Bill 2414 in this year’s legislative session proposes to enact a general excise exemption for diapers. The bill recites that diapers are a large expense for Hawaii...
By Keli'i Akina When you’re a hammer, the saying goes, everything looks like a nail. And when you’re a fan of big government, regulation is the go-to solution to every problem.  That may be why so many of our policymakers try...
By Keli'i Akina It has been a whirlwind week at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. But I’m not complaining.  International upheaval in Europe has brought significant attention to the Jones Act, which has long been a factor in Hawaii’s high cost...
By Keli'i Akina The world is holding its breath as we watch the outbreak of war in Ukraine and wonder what it bodes for the future. For those of us in Hawaii, there is an extra reason to be concerned, aside...
The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says the 1920 law is a main reason Hawaii relies on Russia for more than a third of its crude oil supply By Jonathan Helton With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its...
The numbers keep increasing, even as the “Jones Act industry” declines By Joe Kent and Jonathan Helton The Jones Act lobby constantly claims that the “Jones Act industry” supports 650,000 American jobs, with the implication that repeal of...
By Keli'i Akina Hawaii’s political leaders are looking for ways to rebuild trust with the public, following this week’s shocking and disappointing corruption and bribery charges filed against two Hawaii state legislators. It would be unfair, of course, for us to hold all...
The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 2, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means._________________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means      Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair      Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair
By Keli'i Akina Now that the Legislature is back in session, there is one question that many of us are asking: Will the Legislature fix the state’s emergency powers law so that our governor will not be able to extend an...