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Friday, February 15, 2019
Not too late to hold rail accountable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 PM :: 107 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019
The Simon Abundance Index: Population growth equals greater resources
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:43 AM :: 372 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 02, 2019
Legislators Pressure OHA on Audit, LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 508 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 :: 647 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 :: 719 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 04, 2019
Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 PM :: 1056 Views :: Taxes

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

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Wednesday, January 02, 2019
OHA Audit in Jeopardy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:55 PM :: 845 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 :: 2001 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 :: 663 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 :: 1057 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 04, 2018
OHA Year in Review: Looking Back at 2018
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:27 AM :: 991 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 :: 698 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 01, 2018
Why OHA Needs to be More Transparent
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 984 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 :: 925 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 :: 1152 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 02, 2018
Ray L'Heureux: A Vision for Changing Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:29 PM :: 1221 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

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

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Monday, October 01, 2018
Finally! OHA Is Being Audited for Fraud, Waste and Abuse
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 2262 Views :: Ethics, OHA

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

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Stop Digging Deeper Pension Debt
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:50 PM :: 1188 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

...state policymakers are willing to commit to payments on the unfunded liabilities, but haven’t done much to curb the excessive spending practices that have led us to this point....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
No way new tax won’t cost us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 1098 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...advocates of the so-called education tax have been strangely quiet about how much it will be....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
End 'gut and replace'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:59 PM :: 870 Views :: Ethics

What’s in a title? If you’re a member of the Hawaii Legislature, opportunity....

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Friday, September 07, 2018
‘Education tax’ a Pandora's box
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 1400 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...The best laid plans, we are told, often go awry ... “Especially when it comes to politicians counting on revenue from tax hikes.”....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
OHA Hires Auditor to Look at 'Fraud, Waste, and Abuse'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:15 PM :: 2554 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...After months of delay, OHA and its LLCs will be audited for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Akina: Don't Give up on OHA Elections
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 878 Views :: OHA

...on August 11, of 286,041 ballots submitted, 41.3% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee Oahu seats, and 49.6% were left blank in the race for the OHA Trustee At-large seat....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
State tax first of many?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:13 AM :: 1579 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...In Hawaii, we are now looking at one of the most popular of all tax solutions: passing the costs to a nebulous “other.”....

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Exploring an Uphill Battle
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:46 PM :: 1349 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party

...Following a career in the U.S. Air Force and then in the tech industry, Steve Lipscomb decided to throw his hat into the rink and run in the Hawaii Republican primary for Lt. Governor....

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Friday, August 17, 2018
How to get more for our money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:57 PM :: 1205 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The real value of $100 in Hawaii is $84.46. That’s less than it was in 2016, when the real value was $85.62....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
New rail taxes after election?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 AM :: 1603 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...talk of “recovery plans,” new bonds and property tax dollars allocated to rail inevitably raises the spectre of new rail taxes....

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
What is Happening with OHA? Keli'i Akina Interviews Peter Apo
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:31 AM :: 1454 Views :: OHA

...OHA Trustee Peter Apo speaks out boldly and reflectively on several hot potato issues, including audits and management of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Saturday, August 04, 2018
OHA Needs a Clearer Vision
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:56 PM :: 1047 Views :: OHA

...This is why I am adamant about making sure OHA is audited thoroughly and its internal policies revised....

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Saturday, August 04, 2018
Together we can resolve Hawaii's pension crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:10 PM :: 1314 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

... what works, what doesn’t, and what might help Hawaii move out of its position as one of the nation’s worst “sinkhole states” ....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Jones Act Blamed for High Consumer Prices in Puerto Rico
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:49 AM :: 1360 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...What are the interests propping up this archaic legislation?....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Kelii Akina and Gene Ward: Opening the Bottleneck at Hawaiian Homelands
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:28 AM :: 1354 Views :: DHHL

...Rare insights into the problem of and solution to the bottleneck at Hawaiian Homelands....

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Friday, July 20, 2018
Ask tough questions about Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:52 PM :: 1197 Views :: Jones Act

...OIRA asked the public to weigh in on how regulations in the maritime sector could be modified or repealed to remove unnecessary burdens, increase efficiency or simplify compliance....

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Grassroot Institute gives feds input on Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:20 PM :: 980 Views :: Jones Act

...there is one set of maritime regulations and laws that costs consumers and businesses millions of dollars every year....

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Work together to implement Janus decision
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:07 PM :: 1627 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

Government employee unions around the country are grappling with the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Keli'i Akina Endorses Sam King for OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:57 PM :: 1966 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Politicians

...Keli'i believes Sam is the candidate who will unite Hawaiians and reform OHA....

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Friday, July 06, 2018
Recording Employees: HART’s evasiveness troubling
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:32 PM :: 1542 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...To date, HART officials have not publicly explained why it has been recording the meetings between the auditor and HART employees....

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018
Akina: Where is the "Forensic" Audit OHA Trustees Promised?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:49 PM :: 1780 Views :: OHA

...After over a year of endless delays and obstacles, the independent audit has not even started....

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Friday, June 29, 2018
Hawaii public unions must adapt to new reality
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:15 AM :: 1707 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

...On Wednesday, the Court handed down its decision in Janus v. AFSCME....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Misunderstanding Economics: Interview with Paul Brewbaker
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:05 PM :: 1369 Views :: Economy

...What do volcanoes, trade wars, and housing bubbles have to do with each other? These are just a few of the economic topics with which many of Hawaii's policymakers are woefully unfamiliar....

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Akina: Caldwell makes right call on ride-hailing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 PM :: 1603 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...On Thursday, he introduced a bill that would even the playing field for taxis, to help bring their business model into the 21st century....

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Friday, June 15, 2018
Never too late to ‘Audit the rail’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 PM :: 1786 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...The Grassroot Institute recently obtained a letter written by HART board member John Henry Felix to HART Chairman Damien Kim in which he also urged the board to call for a forensic audit....

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Friday, June 08, 2018
As least we’re not as bad as California
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:05 PM :: 1342 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

...Hawaii does not perform well on the annual EFNA Index, ranking 45th out of the 50 states in terms of economic freedom....

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Thursday, June 07, 2018
A Housing “Boom” and a Volcanic “Bang”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 1773 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use

...how the state government’s housing policies have gone up in flames....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Good Intentions Pave Road to Hawaii Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 PM :: 2280 Views :: Maui County, Homelessness, Land Use

...Regulating Paradise: Land Use Controls in Hawaii....

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Inflation Making Minimum Wage Irrelevant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:54 PM :: 1446 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year....

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Sunday, May 06, 2018
Why the State Audit is Good Medicine for OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:26 PM :: 1892 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Myth 1: It doesn't matter how the money was spent, as long as it was spent on Hawaiians....

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Friday, May 04, 2018
Was 2018 Hawaii Legislature a success?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:05 PM :: 1783 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Saiki said that after passing last year’s rail tax hike, he feels like “the Legislature can do anything.”....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Let’s restore accountability at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:05 PM :: 1473 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...look at how transparency goes by the wayside at the end of the session....

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
OHA Trustees Request Plan for Downsizing LLCs and Replacing Managers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 2717 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Administration was tasked with reporting back on the feasibility and timing of such a plan by June 30....

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