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Friday, March 23, 2018
Voter backlash no longer a threat to tax hikes?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:12 PM :: 255 Views :: Taxes

...For years, it was conventional wisdom that as tax-happy as the Hawaii Legislature might be, it still would avoid raising taxes in an election year....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Bond funding scheme for rail shows need for audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:08 PM :: 634 Views :: Rail

...Caldwell wants the city to use $44 million of bond debt to pay for administrative costs related to construction of the city’s planned 20-mile rail system....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
State Audit of OHA is just the tip of the iceberg
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 582 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...There is much more that needs to be examined, and that will be the purpose of the upcoming independent audit....

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Friday, March 09, 2018
Janus: Abolishing mandatory fees could help unions
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 584 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...Will Hawaii’s public unions lose power if their membership dues become voluntary under a pending Supreme Court ruling in the case known as Janus v. AFSCME?....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
State should speed up responses to information requests
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:30 PM :: 747 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...Hawaii takes the longest in the nation to make decisions about transparency disputes....

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Keli‘i Akina Urges OHA Board to Remove CEO
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:54 PM :: 1170 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...As fiduciaries, Trustees must act immediately...."

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Russian LNG episode exposes feeble Jones Act argument
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 674 Views :: Jones Act

...why did LNG that arrived in Boston at the end of January come from Russia — and in violation of Obama-era sanctions against Russia?....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
Minimum Wage: Good intentions don’t always equal good policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:38 PM :: 744 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...SB2291 would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii to $15 an hour by 2020....

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Friday, February 02, 2018
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Janus?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:17 PM :: 971 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...a decision by the court’s nine justices that state employees can't be required to pay union dues could lead to some interesting outcomes in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
OHA Audit: LLCs Refuse to Show Check Registers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:02 PM :: 1089 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli‘i Akina urges LLCs not to obstruct audit....

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
What is the state of our state? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 837 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

...the 2017 Economic Freedom of North America report, ranks Hawaii a low 46th in the nation in terms of economic freedom, due to its high taxation, high regulation and high cost of living....

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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Why is HS Student More Efficient Than State Government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:39 PM :: 997 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military

...Within five minutes of the erroneous missile alert, Iolani School student William Heyler had tweeted to the world that it was a mistake....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
‘Onipa‘a Kākou: OHA Trustee Keli‘i Akina on Native Hawaiian Resilience and Finding Unity in Diversity
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:22 AM :: 1479 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

...The main thing is that we all ‘E Hana Kākou,’ that is, work together to build a bright future for Hawaiians and all people.”....

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Monday, January 15, 2018
MLK Day: Overcome stereotype of Native Hawaiians as a monolithic group that opposes all that is American
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 1026 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

...This stereotype is clearly not the true picture....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Why Freddy Rice Went to Court
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:26 AM :: 2863 Views :: Hawaii County , Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, OHA

...Hawaii Island rancher Freddy Rice passed away on Jan. 5, 2018....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Overcharged: Why Healthcare Costs Too Much
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:39 PM :: 1305 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...would expansion of Medicare be good for America?....

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Friday, January 05, 2018
​Hawaii tax policy feels the heat
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 1090 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Rail

...The administration just told New York and New Jersey they would have to fund their $13 billion Hudson Tunnel rail project on their own, backing out of an Obama-era promise to foot half the bill....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Kelii Akina: My Vision as OHA Trustee
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:20 PM :: 917 Views :: OHA

...OHA must be seen as a valuable partner, not an opponent, to the broader community....

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Friday, December 29, 2017
Federal tax reform a reason for cheer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:00 PM :: 1115 Views :: Taxes

...This week, an actress did something almost unheard of. She apologized for spreading misinformation about the new tax law....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
Kelii Akina: One Year at OHA a Report Card
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:58 PM :: 1146 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...I committed myself to doing three things for the sake of the Hawaiian people:  First, ensure a full and independent audit of OHA.  Secondly, guide OHA towards financial sustainability as well as growth.  Third, watch to make sure OHA funds are not misspent but rather used to meet the real needs of Hawaiian people....

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Friday, December 22, 2017
Should the government be your Santa?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:24 PM :: 972 Views :: First Amendment

...Santa is an enthusiastic devotee of the surveillance state....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
One Down—44 to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:21 PM :: 758 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii's extremely modest creep up the ladder of economic freedom....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Keli'i Akina and Malia Hill: DC Update
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:23 PM :: 815 Views :: Jones Act

...the Jones Act, Federal Regulation, politics in Washington, and other issues that impact Hawaii....

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Friday, December 08, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 1072 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Friday, December 01, 2017
Serving the law can circumvent justice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 894 Views :: Second Amendment, Drugs marijuana users in the state have been receiving letters from the Honolulu Police Department ordering them to turn in their legally owned firearms....

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Grassroot: Things to be Thankful for This Year
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:15 PM :: 976 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Jones Act

...We are grateful for your partnership in striving for a Hawaii that leads the world in individual liberty and economic opportunity....

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Friday, November 17, 2017
Understanding the Congressional tax bill
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 871 Views :: Taxes

There’s a lot of news out there about the tax bills before the Congress, and nearly all of it is confusing....

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
Pension pinches profligacy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 AM :: 1205 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...Hawaii’s county governments — and county taxpayers — are about to feel the pinch....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Counties stuck with bailing out pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:11 PM :: 1099 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...the state Legislature has discovered a new tactic for meeting its public pension financial obligations: passing the costs on to the counties....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Akina--Let's Work Together for Hawaiian Charter Schools
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1339 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

Clearly, OHA owes our beneficiaries a sincere apology and a commitment to change our practices internally....

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Friday, November 03, 2017
The Importance of Accurate Testimony
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1078 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“The FTA will allow nothing less.” -- Kirk Caldwell

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Right tools can dig us out of pension debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:48 PM :: 957 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Hawaii’s public pension system has an unfunded liability of $12 billion....

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Friday, October 20, 2017
UPDATE: OHA Trustees Reject CNHA Grab for Charter School Funds
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:59 AM :: 2279 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, OHA

...the Resource Management Committee opted to instead give the grant funds directly to the charter schools, instead of to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement....

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Video: Kelii Akina on The State of Racial Harmony in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:24 AM :: 1059 Views :: OHA

...Michael Lilly , Former Hawaii Attorney General, joins Hawaii Together with Keli'i Akina for a discussion on the history and current state of Racial Harmony in Hawaii.... 

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
​State of Hawaii Auditing OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:49 AM :: 1434 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the state Auditor has already informed OHA of its preliminary findings....

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Friday, September 22, 2017
Hurricanes Blow Jones Act Out of the Way
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:35 PM :: 1067 Views :: Jones Act

"...we waived regulations, we waived rules, we waived the Jones Act restrictions to free up additional capacity."

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Friday, September 15, 2017
Jones Act Waivers Prove Need for Reform
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:19 PM :: 871 Views :: Jones Act

The very fact that such waivers are standard in emergencies reveals something that the Jones Act lobby doesn't want people to understand....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
The Power of School Choice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1280 Views :: Education K-12, OHA

...This was my first back to school experience at the Kualapu‘u Public Conversion Charter School on the island of Moloka‘i....

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Friday, September 08, 2017
Hawaii taxes block prosperity
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:40 PM :: 1098 Views :: Taxes

Confucius said to the ruler: So long as when you get richer, the poor get richer....

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Friday, September 08, 2017
Reso 17-199: Will Honolulu Council Back Rail Audit?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:41 PM :: 1268 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the most recent version of the proposed resolution requests an “independent forensic audit” of HART operations and contract awards....

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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Dropping college enrollment shows Americans are no longer buying the college lie
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 1580 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education

...University of Hawaii college enrollment has plummeted by 15 percent in just six years, from a high of 60,300 students in 2012 to 51,300 as of 2017....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Obamacare Could Bankrupt ERS
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 1657 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...a 1% increase in health care costs equals a $2 billion increase in unfunded liabilities....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Rail: How to Gut an Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:31 PM :: 1292 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
City rail audit won’t look for fraud?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 1942 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...despite the fact that City Auditor Edwin Young told the committee “the red flags were there”....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Audit the rail: An idea that’s catching on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:11 PM :: 1377 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Mahalo for helping this idea to catch on....

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Monday, August 07, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 2120 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 1611 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Demanding best practices in rail accounting
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 PM :: 1188 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What does it say about the state of governance in Hawaii that endorsing basic standards of fiscal responsibility is a revolutionary act?

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Millennials are public pension losers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:56 PM :: 1472 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Giving Rail Credit Where it Isn't Due
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 1321 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money....

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