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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
OHA Needs a Culture of Transparency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:15 PM :: 3506 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is there something to hide?....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Honolulu CWAs a recipe for disaster
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:21 PM :: 3657 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Bill Would Block 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding on City Contracts.... 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trustee Keli'i Akina Urges OHA to Recognize its Duty to Native Hawaiians Who Support TMT
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 PM :: 4190 Views :: First Amendment, OHA

"...Officially, OHA takes no position on the site or construction of the TMT.  Accordingly, OHA should affirm the rights of all Hawaiians to express themselves, both those who oppose the TMT and those who support it...." 

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Friday, July 19, 2019
Pennies Add Up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 PM :: 2648 Views :: Jones Act

...Pennies add up. And when we’re talking about the Jones Act, they add up to billions of dollars....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
A Step in the Right Direction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 PM :: 2560 Views :: Small Business

...For almost three decades, the handyman exemption in Hawaii was capped at $1,000, a limit that includes the cost of labor and materials....

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Free Market Economics with Mark Skousen
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:28 AM :: 2505 Views :: Economy

...Skousen discusses with host Keli'i Akina what free-market economics is and why we should promote it....

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Monday, July 8, 2019
Trustee Akina Praises OHA’s Support of Court Order to Open LLCs’ Books
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:23 PM :: 3560 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...Under interim CEO Sylvia Hussey’s leadership, transparency reigns...."

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Thursday, July 4, 2019
'Life, liberty and ... property'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 2831 Views :: Law Enforcement

...without property rights, many of our other rights or freedoms would be shallower....

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Monday, July 1, 2019
OHA Needs a Watchdog!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 4156 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...If an OHA Trustee cannot publicly disagree with Board decisions, then it would hinder any Trustee from functioning as a watchdog. That would be a terrible loss to beneficiaries....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Housing and the Hendersons
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 AM :: 4751 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...It is universally acknowledged that Hawaii residents need more homes. So why is it so hard to build them?....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
Akina: LLC Ruling 'A Big Win for OHA Beneficiaries'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 AM :: 3463 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...“Losing this case raises questions as to whether the OHA Board is acting in the best interest of its beneficiaries when it comes to transparency and their right to know how their trust funds are spent.”...

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Friday, June 28, 2019
VIDEO: Why People are Leaving Hawai'i
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:20 AM :: 5278 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii residents have been moving away from the islands in droves in recent years; in fiscal 2017, more than 13,000 people departed — the highest negative net migration ever....

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Friday, June 14, 2019
Let’s be reasonable about STRs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 PM :: 4627 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...there is a bill before Gov. David Ige, SB 1292, which he has until June 24 to veto or sign....

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 4600 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Did OHA really ‘Slash’ Trustee allowances?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:22 PM :: 4057 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...not all are so impressed....

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Friday, May 17, 2019
Putting a spike into pension spiking
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 5641 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii State Government, Labor

...The first step is admitting you have a problem....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 3612 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Friday, May 3, 2019
‘Sticks’ won’t resolve vacation rental debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:14 PM :: 4344 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii’s contradictory approach to short-term vacation rentals hasn’t been doing much to make anybody happy, and could, in fact, just be making things worse....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
OHA: Where is the promised audit for fraud, waste and abuse?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 4542 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...It's been over two years since the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent audit of OHA and its limited liability companies for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Video: Akina and Roth Talk Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 AM :: 3431 Views :: Rail

... Randy Roth discusses key issues in the rail controversy and gets his insights from having watched the project since its beginning ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2019
HB172: Legislature Denies Funding for OHA and LLCs Unless Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse is Completed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 4624 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli'i Akina praises decision as victory for OHA beneficiaries....

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Friday, April 26, 2019
Let’s End ‘Gut and Replace’ at Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:26 PM :: 3999 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The victims of these tactics usually are bills that have been passed by one chamber and are waiting for hearings in the non-originating chamber. This makes them ripe for tinkering because they no longer require hearings or votes in the original house....

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Friday, April 19, 2019
Hawaii residents voting with their feet
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:05 PM :: 2432 Views

...For the fourth year in a row, the state’s economic policies have left us languishing in the bottom 10. And we have lost almost 52,000 residents over the past 10 years....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Is lack of funding the real problem in the Department of Education?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:54 PM :: 5541 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...UIPA Request: DoE Refusing to Release Check Register....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Want higher wages? Try economic freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 PM :: 6004 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii policymakers cannot mandate people into prosperity....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
OHA Trustees Vote 8-1 to Extend Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:14 PM :: 5057 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Trustee Akina Votes No to Further Delay of OHA Independent Audit -- OHA Board Pushes Audit Completion to December ....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
‘Backward budgeting’ wrong way to move forward
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:18 PM :: 4207 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii lawmakers are considering a myriad of new tax increases in order to pay for their spending plans, but instead they should clamp down on their spending so tax hikes aren’t needed....

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Friday, March 29, 2019
Akina: OHA spending rate unsustainable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:41 PM :: 3316 Views :: OHA

...Trustees now have an opportunity to address the Spending Policy, and other financial policies that are under review....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
High medical costs another threat to Hawaii taxpayers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 4390 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care

...higher medical costs increase our state’s debt — and Hawaii taxpayers might be the ones who end up paying for it....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Liberty and Economics -- Hawaii Together with Keli'i Akina
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:54 PM :: 2875 Views :: Economy

...Economist Ken Schoolland and host Keli'i Akina discuss how economics and liberty interact as they explore a variety of public policy issues that impact our lives....

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Saturday, March 16, 2019
Restore flexibility for delivery of public services
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 PM :: 4765 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...You just violated Hawaii law. Get ready to be sued....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Help People Save by Cutting Their Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:41 PM :: 4772 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Multiple bills heard this session have revolved around encouraging residents to save. The details vary, but there’s a common theme: The state wants to be your local bank....

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
OHA Must Do More to Solve the Hawaiian Home Lands Problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 4716 Views :: DHHL, OHA

...it was Prince Kuhio's original vision that Hawaiian homesteaders would be able to own their land in fee simple....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Not too late to hold rail accountable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 PM :: 4280 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...New York and California killed off expensive rail projects--Hawaii can too....

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Simon Abundance Index: Population growth equals greater resources
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:43 AM :: 3971 Views :: Environment, Economy

...instead of making resources scarcer, population growth has gone hand in hand with greater resource abundance....

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Saturday, February 2, 2019
Legislators Pressure OHA on Audit, LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 3727 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...on January 9, after hearing OHA's biennium budget request, members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee raised questions about the progress of the independent audit of OHA and its LLCs. A similar question was raised the next day at the House Finance Committee....

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Friday, January 18, 2019
How we can keep our children in Hawaii?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:52 PM :: 5042 Views :: Economy, Jones Act, Taxes

...Senate President Ron Kouchi talked about how his “greatest passion was to create a Hawaii where each and every one one of our children could come home.”....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 PM :: 4899 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....

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Friday, January 4, 2019
Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 PM :: 3387 Views :: Taxes

... Perhaps most notable are the increases in the general excise tax on Kauai and Hawaii Island ....

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
OHA Audit in Jeopardy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:55 PM :: 4278 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA's own audit for fraud, waste and abuse, contracted to an independent national firm, not only faced more than a year's delay in getting started, but is currently facing challenges, jeopardizing its timely completion....

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Friday, December 28, 2018
Why are residents leaving Hawaii?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:00 PM :: 5011 Views :: Cost of Living

...It’s too expensive.....

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Saturday, December 22, 2018
Grassroot: Our Santa wish list for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 3489 Views :: Economy

...Well, it’s Christmas season again, so here is what I drafted recently for Santa to consider....

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Monday, December 10, 2018
Finish OHA’s Audit for Fraud, Waste and Abuse!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:28 PM :: 4139 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Keli‘i Akina today secured renewed commitments from OHA’s newly chosen Board leadership to finish the audit of OHA and its subsidiary LLCs for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018
OHA Year in Review: Looking Back at 2018
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:27 AM :: 3734 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...here are some highlights from the past year at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Bad News has a Silver Lining
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:45 AM :: 2381 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

...economic freedom in Hawaii actually diminished during the latest measurement period, from 6.3 in the 2017 Index to 5.48. But economic freedom in certain other states declined even more....

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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Why OHA Needs to be More Transparent
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 3694 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) gave the Office of Hawaiian Affairs a failing grade of ‘F’ for its online financial transparency....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
A victory to savor, but core issue remains
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 4130 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...It’s time to open a real dialogue in our state and work together to find real and lasting solutions for education....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
#AuditTheRail, now more than ever
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:34 PM :: 4120 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the FTA has signaled its lack of faith in the project by withholding federal funds absent a recovery plan and setting a Nov. 20 deadline for the city to come up with $44 million — the initial payment on a $214 million obligation to HART....

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Ray L'Heureux: A Vision for Changing Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:29 PM :: 4710 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...Out-of-the-box thinking for Hawaii's future....

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Monday, October 1, 2018
Finally! OHA Is Being Audited for Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 5006 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...I am still deeply concerned about the amount of time it has taken to begin this audit....

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