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Friday, September 14, 2018
End 'gut and replace'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:59 PM :: 306 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 :: 529 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 :: 1499 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 :: 343 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 :: 721 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 :: 657 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 :: 666 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 :: 1025 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 :: 962 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 :: 664 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 :: 697 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 :: 754 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 :: 933 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 :: 763 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 :: 585 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 :: 936 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 :: 1231 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 :: 997 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 :: 1374 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 :: 1073 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 :: 911 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 :: 1116 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 :: 1162 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 :: 878 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 :: 1149 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 :: 1291 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 :: 1103 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 :: 1498 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 :: 1426 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 :: 1133 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 :: 2170 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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Friday, April 20, 2018
Hawaii Legislature wants to vacuum up your tax savings
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:11 PM :: 1161 Views :: Taxes

...In the latest edition of “Rich States, Poor States,” Hawaii ranked 45th overall. One of the biggest reasons for that low ranking was Hawaii’s high level of taxation....

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Friday, April 13, 2018
Hawaii schools need flexibility, not centralization
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:09 PM :: 1295 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...At a time when many advocates of education reform are promoting greater local involvement in schools, Hawaii appears to be moving in the opposite direction....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave wrong medicine for Hawaii economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:16 PM :: 1624 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...There are currently three different bills still alive that would require local companies to give all employees paid sick leaves: HB 1727, HB 2598 and SB 2990 ....

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Saturday, March 31, 2018
Is OHA the New Broken Trust?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:26 PM :: 1699 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Findings made by the State Auditor regarding financial impropriety at OHA echo findings made in the investigation of Bishop Estate....

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Friday, March 30, 2018
How much privacy for public employees?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1212 Views :: First Amendment, Labor

......HB1768 would disclose salary information about government workers in the form of ranges, as opposed to exact compensation....

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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 :: 1236 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 :: 1831 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 :: 1402 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 :: 1488 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 :: 1371 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 :: 2004 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 :: 1200 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 :: 1470 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 :: 1865 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 :: 1750 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 :: 1280 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 :: 1628 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 :: 2455 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 :: 1652 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

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

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