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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 462 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
How to Nurse Hawaii Back to Good Health
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 623 Views :: Health Care

... State lawmakers took an important first step last year by passing legislation that allowed Hawaii to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
How to revive Hawaii’s downtown centers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:59 AM :: 881 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The developer requested a waiver for the project, but a year later, the permit is still pending ....

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Monday, April 1, 2024
How OHA Affects All People
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 999 Views :: OHA

"Our decisions impact virtually every area of life on the islands."

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
A hard look at the root causes of the exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:33 AM :: 1450 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...When government is finally saying it is the problem, it’s on the right track to finding a solution....

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Cost of NIMBYism way too high
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:58 PM :: 1388 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Resolution 24-65 contains most of the usual anti-housing rhetoric, and even claims that making it easier to create smaller, more affordable homes would somehow result in more so-called monster homes ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Lets Cut Jaywalkers Some Slack
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:58 AM :: 1329 Views :: Law Enforcement

... a bill moving through the Legislature that would let pedestrians cross the street carefully and responsibly, regardless of whether they are in a crosswalk ....

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Sunday, March 10, 2024
Listening to naysayers in the housing debate
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 AM :: 1673 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... monsters lurk behind every corner ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
Ways to Maximize Hawaii's Current Zoning Laws
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:09 AM :: 1280 Views :: Development

... CPRs and accessory dwellings units, and how the state’s housing regulations have evolved ....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Your cost of living just went up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:31 AM :: 1496 Views :: Maui County, Labor, Cost of Living

... a new “administrative directive” that requires all state construction projects worth more than $1.5 million to be performed under so-called project labor agreements ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1416 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
There is Room on Mauna Kea for Both Culture and Science
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

... what we need is “the collective will to share the Mauna” ....

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Monday, February 26, 2024
Hawaii needs better budgeting for Maui recovery
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:16 PM :: 1369 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government

... it was only a year ago that state lawmakers had a healthy budget surplus to work with. But then they went on an ill-advised spending spree ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 1371 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Monday, February 19, 2024
True housing reform seems a strong possibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:32 PM :: 1226 Views :: Development

... many small tweaks to Hawaii’s zoning and permitting rules that together could make a big dent ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 1242 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A social tax policy I could agree with
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:13 PM :: 1233 Views :: Taxes

... It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1246 Views :: Cost of Living

“...We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s the reason our children are leaving...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Let’s Fulfill MLK’s Dream in Hawai‘i
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:19 PM :: 1204 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

... On Sept. 17, 1959, King made a historic visit to Honolulu and addressed the first session of the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1307 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 1118 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Ways to improve Maui Interim Housing Plan
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:08 AM :: 1013 Views :: Maui County

... $500 million plan is fine but could be improved to more quickly help displaced fire victims ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:35 PM :: 1375 Views :: Energy, Environment

... If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 1024 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Small, focused policies could free up homebuilders and generate a wave of new housing construction ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Housing regulations add up to solid brick wall against homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:44 AM :: 1167 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation ....

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Saturday, January 6, 2024
OHA Trustees Working Together: From One Year to the Next!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 AM :: 1066 Views :: OHA

... reflecting upon some exciting accomplishments ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
2024: A chance to ‘accomplish great things’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:55 PM :: 946 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... 2023 featured “challenges galore,” but ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Find common ground to foster holiday cheer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:49 PM :: 2300 Views :: Religion

... Until someone brings up politics ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1193 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:39 AM :: 1309 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... a roadmap that can help make it happen ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Empowering Food Entrepreneurs: Education, Policy Changes Needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 AM :: 1139 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...there are a few state rules holding them back....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The easiest way to increase tax revenues
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 1338 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
A New Day for Hawaiian Homelands: Collaboration Between OHA and DHHL
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1120 Views :: DHHL, OHA

... This partnership between OHA and DHHL is a positive start, but there are other possibilities worth exploring such as ....

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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1110 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... looking for a “win-win” result ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1304 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

... how many years will depend on which path is taken ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Let's not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:24 AM :: 1558 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... even the slimmed down plan is worrisome ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
YIGBY law would be "dream situation" for Hawaii housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:53 PM :: 1778 Views :: Development, Religion

... Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:40 AM :: 1533 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The Actors Guild, a local acting group, produced a play based on their five-year ordeal of trying to get a permit to renovate their theater at Dole Cannery ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Zoom-ing in on Better Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:02 PM :: 1469 Views :: Health Care

... Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Restoring Lahaina’s Economy: Time is of the Essence
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1584 Views :: Maui County, Development, OHA

“My family is getting very desperate and deciding whether to leave Hawaiʻi.”

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
How monster homes came to be: A Halloween Story
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 PM :: 2395 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... meet the monster’s creators ....

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Friday, October 27, 2023
Respect property rights, remove red tape for Lahaina rebuild
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 AM :: 1797 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... The families and individuals who owned homes and businesses in Lahaina should not have their property rights arbitrarily stripped away from them to satisfy the grand plans of some bureaucracy ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Stop Permitting Favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 AM :: 1836 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development

... All permit applications are equal, but some are more equal than others ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
A simple way to improve Hawaii healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:48 PM :: 1770 Views :: Health Care

... now in a locked room at the Honolulu airport, waiting for state officials ....

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Thursday, October 12, 2023
The Wrath of CON: Updating Hawaii’s Healthcare Policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:55 AM :: 1699 Views :: Health Care

... Hawaii’s hospitals, walk-in clinics and other healthcare providers have been held back for decades by arcane regulations known as 'certificate of need' laws ....

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Let Maui tourism recover at its own pace
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:36 AM :: 1542 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Should the government have the last word in creating a tourism timeline? ....

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Monday, October 2, 2023
Unlocking the Potential of the Public Land Trust
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:12 PM :: 1523 Views :: OHA

... A Path to Empower Native Hawaiians ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Yes, in God’s Backyard
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1681 Views :: Development, Religion

... the 'Yes in God’s Backyard' law — makes it easier for churches and other religious institutions to build housing on their properties ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
The secret to reaching the next generation
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:52 PM :: 1822 Views :: Education K-12, First Amendment

... He asked his mother if she would help him reach out to the media ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Has HART gone off the rails again?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 1729 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Natalie Iwasa, who was appointed by state Speaker of the House Scott Saiki, has been barred from participating in executive sessions ....

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