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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Grassroot: Feds Should Audit Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:24 AM :: 4925 Views :: Ethics, Rail

We hope that the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General will be moved to mount a comprehensive fiscal and engineering audit of Honolulu rail ....

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Monday, June 12, 2017
Message to OHA: ‘Clean up your Act’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 5621 Views :: Ethics, OHA

Beneficiaries are calling for higher levels of transparency and accountability....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 5345 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Where Pro-Rail and Anti-Rail Voices Agree
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:18 PM :: 5790 Views :: Rail

...it's something we should have done a long time ago....

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Friday, May 26, 2017
Maui Hospital: The Little Engine That Could
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 7021 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

...Despite multiple attempts to stop or derail it, things keep chugging along. And come July 1, it looks like Maui residents are finally going to start getting the care they deserve....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Akina Praises Trustees Unanimous Support for OHA Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 AM :: 3742 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...the SOQ will allow OHA to engage an auditor or auditing firm to conduct an examination of not only OHA but its subsidiary LLCs, for a period reaching back five years....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
State, Counties Pass Tax Hikes off to Each Other
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 3554 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties are all considering raising the property tax....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
De-Railing the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 5273 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the lack of dissent allows tax-and-spend policies to move smoothly through the Hawaii Legislature...until....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Special Audit of OHA and Its Subsidiaries
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:02 PM :: 4206 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...this audit seeks to identify areas of “waste, abuse and fraud...”

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Friday, April 28, 2017
And the Winner is—Not Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:57 PM :: 5928 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The most recent version of Rich States, Poor States has been released, and once again, Hawaii ends up on the wrong end of that title....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HB165: How Lawmakers can Deal with Annoying Citizens
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 5199 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...HB165 (now headed to a Conference Committee) would modernize the existing Sunshine Law by requiring electronic posting of public agency meeting notices and minutes and making board packets available for public inspection....

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Friday, March 24, 2017
Double Food Production? Failed Central Planning Thrives in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:30 PM :: 5070 Views :: Agriculture

When Governor Ige first announced his plan to double local food production, people wondered....

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Ratifies Independent Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:04 PM :: 5588 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Trustee Keli‘i Akina appointed to chair audit committee....

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Friday, March 17, 2017
The Legislature Just Can't Help Itself When It Comes to the Maui Hospital
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:17 PM :: 5457 Views :: Health Care, Labor

...bills heard this week (HB76, HB233, and HB234) attempt to amend the law passed last summer by adding new severance options for the hospital employees....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 4901 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Friday, March 3, 2017
Hawaii's Unsustainable Cost of Public Employment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 5371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

County workers throughout the state make higher wages than nearly all of their mainland counterparts adjusted for the cost of living....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
It Doesn’t Always Pay to Make More
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:04 PM :: 4521 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In just this legislative session, we've seen attempts to make the surcharge a permanent part of life.... We've seen proposed income tax increases. There's even an attempt to write a tax...into the state Constitution....

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Jones Act and Maritime Security Program
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 PM :: 5483 Views :: Jones Act, Military

If it is possible to address the national security concerns of the Jones Act through other, more efficient and effective legislation, then we might clear the path to modernizing the Act....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
OHA Audit Passes Committee Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:45 PM :: 5403 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Akina Appointed to Ad Hoc Audit Committee....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Basing decisions on evidence, not politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:42 PM :: 3588 Views :: Hawaii State Government

Considering how often we are promised "effective" policy or political plans that "work", there's surprisingly little effort spent measuring that effectiveness....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
OHA Board Sets Audit Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 5749 Views :: Ethics, OHA

The Board has scheduled voting on Akina's proposed audit for the February 8th meeting of the Resource Management Committee, a committee of the entire Board....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Governor says treat symptoms, not causes of our economic woes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:42 PM :: 5074 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

3,600 words full of spending proposals and sunny guarantees about the future....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
OHA Audit: Trustee says it’s time to reassure beneficiaries
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:22 PM :: 5012 Views :: Ethics, OHA
“OHA currently undergoes three types of audits, but none of these audits focus on identifying internal weaknesses such as fraud, waste, and abuse....”
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Friday, January 20, 2017
How Does Hawaii Score on Healthcare Access?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:11 PM :: 4469 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

Mercatus Center Healthcare Openness and Access Project – Hawaii Ranks 29th....

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Competition Matters … In Sports and Government
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:14 PM :: 7169 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Republican Party

And what was the most memorable part of his remarks? The introductions of Rep. Kouchi's campaign manager and of the highest paid lobbyist....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Financial Services: OHA Spire Contract Balloons 760% in Two Years
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:35 PM :: 7225 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a contract for financial consulting services that ballooned from an initial $95,000 commitment to $723,000 from 2014 to 2016....

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Friday, January 13, 2017
Hawaii Healthcare Access Cut off by Regulations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:21 PM :: 5110 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care

...some great scores...and some very, very poor ones....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 6280 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Anti-Hawaiian? Akina Debunks Critics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:10 PM :: 7323 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

On Thursday, the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs held its second meeting since its reorganization....

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Akina OHA: “Crucial Recommendations for Achieving Fiscal Sustainability”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:49 PM :: 6849 Views :: OHA

...analysis of the financial statements of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Akina to OHA: E Hana Kakou
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:14 PM :: 4283 Views :: OHA

...OHA is relevant and of concern to the entire community....

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
What the Trump presidency might mean to Hawaii’s economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:25 AM :: 5602 Views :: Economy

...a prosperous society is where the rich get richer and the poor get richer....

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Friday, November 11, 2016
Grassroot: Mahalo Nui to our Vets
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:53 PM :: 4051 Views :: Military

I can't think of a single local family that doesn't have multiple service members in it....

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Kelii Akina Wins Seat as OHA Trustee - Vows to Challenge Financial Practices and Race-Based Nation Plans
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 6209 Views :: OHA

Keli`i Akina, Ph.D. has won the General Election race for Trustee-at-Large in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Telescope: ‘Stop OHA from interfering with the economy’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 4278 Views :: OHA

...Stop OHA from interfering with the economy with its tendency to stand in the way of progress like the Thirty Meter Telescope....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
Hawaii Pensions 70.8% Unfunded
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 PM :: 4631 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

One of the interesting things about elections is that so little attention is paid to issues that have major, long-term consequences....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
OHA Incumbents Run Away from Their Records—And Every Community Forum
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:37 AM :: 3740 Views :: OHA

Lindsey and Apoliona, both up for re-election, have failed to participate in any publicly hosted forums or television programs in which they would have faced their respective challengers Mililani Trask and Keli'i Akina....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Akina and Trask: Why Non-Hawaiians Should Vote for OHA Trustees
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:56 PM :: 3969 Views :: Ethics

...Hawaiians NEED everyone to vote to clean up the problems at OHA....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Kelii Akina for OHA Launches new Radio Ad
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:29 PM :: 4052 Views :: OHA
It's time for a watchdog to stop OHA from wasting your money on a race-based nation the majority of Hawaiians just don't want!
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Reduce Poverty and Homelessness by Creating Wealth
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:55 PM :: 3942 Views :: Homelessness

Everyone agrees that we need to do something about Hawaii’s homeless situation…and that’s part of the problem....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 5829 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
How not to turn a ferry system into a rail boondoggle
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:12 AM :: 2648 Views

...a feasibility study for a new inter-island ferry....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii's 2017 ranking for Business Tax Climate includes a lesson for the legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 4128 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

I have good news. Hawaii improved its position in the Index, moving up from 30th to 26th overall....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
The State is a Terrible Farmer...and Businessperson
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:26 PM :: 5047 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government

Four years ago, the state acquired 1,200 acres of farmland....

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Strong leadership is needed to promote agricultural growth
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 5549 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...agriculture can be held back by regulation, politics, and policies....

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Friday, September 2, 2016
Hospital delay heightens vulnerability to Hurricanes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:47 PM :: 5714 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

At the very moment when they should be preparing for a possible hurricane, Maui is looking at cutting back health services....

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Friday, August 19, 2016
Statehood Backed by Silent Majority of Hawaiians
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:18 PM :: 4600 Views :: Hawaii History

...I am proud that Hawaii is a state of the union....

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Akina: Protect Hawaiian Entitlements from OHA Federal Recognition Scheme
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 5595 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

...reform OHA so that OHA`s funds are spent on meeting the real needs of our Hawaiian people rather than being wasted on failed political agendas....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Runoff: Keli`i Akina Challenging 20-Year OHA Incumbent Haunani Apoliona
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 5794 Views :: OHA

"OHA wasted tens of millions of dollars in the failed pursuit of a federally recognized race-based nation, something the majority of Hawaiians do not want. Instead, OHA should be using its funds to meet the real needs of Hawaiians for housing, jobs, education, and health-care."

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Papahānaumokuākea: A Model for Everything Wrong in Hawaii Politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:43 PM :: 6199 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

Unnecessary division, stoked by ethnic, racial, and historical issues, pushed forward by an environmental movement that holds disproportionate influence in Hawaii (often heavily driven by mainland interests)....

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