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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 :: 2476 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 :: 1868 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 :: 1923 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 :: 1826 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 :: 1754 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 :: 1597 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 :: 1575 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 :: 1754 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 :: 1889 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 :: 1796 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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Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Fixing Hawaii’s Tax System; Decrease Taxes for Families, Businesses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 1719 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s income tax rates are among the highest in the country, and its business climate is consistently ranked poorly. Meanwhile, residents continue to flee the state for less expensive mainland locales ....

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
Property rights should prevail in Lahaina
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 1988 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... peoples’ homes and businesses are at stake, and their right to those properties must be defended ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Economic growth is our only way out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:17 PM :: 1889 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Taxes

... we cannot afford to further burden our economy with our usual high-tax and high-spending habits ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Maui Crisis: A Time to Help!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:02 AM :: 1552 Views :: Maui County, OHA

... “Nani ka noho mehameha ʻana o ke kūlanakauhale i piha i kanaka! Ua like hoʻi me ka wahine kāne make!” How lonely sits the city that was once full of people! (Lam. 1:1) ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1781 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a family of four earning Hawaii’s median income of $88,005 a year would have a state income tax bill of $5,086. At that income level, only Oregon families face a higher tax burden ....

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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Hawaii healthcare takes more hits
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:11 PM :: 1777 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... among the heartbreaking losses earlier this month in fire-ravaged Lahaina were three healthcare clinics that served approximately 30,000 patients ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
How parking reform could help boost Hawaii’s housing stock
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:08 PM :: 1642 Views :: Development, Land Use

... most cities in the U.S. have required arbitrary amounts of parking to be built with every new building or new business ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Let's stay focused on helping Lahaina fire victims--Eventually the Facts Will Come Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:06 PM :: 1994 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Taxes
  • waiving property taxes for the affected property owners
  • clearing the way for out-of-state medical professionals to attend to the needs of those affected by the tragedy
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Sunday, August 13, 2023
Maui Crisis: A Time to Help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 2140 Views :: Maui County, OHA

... the outpouring of compassion that we are witnessing from the people of Hawai‘i is the silver lining through the dark cloud of despair ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Little changes can lead to more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 2248 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... how regulations and building codes have made constructing small apartment buildings more expensive and less efficient ....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Healthcare Crisis on the Island of Molokaʻi
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 PM :: 2560 Views :: Maui County, Health Care

... Imagine an island with no doctors permanently living there, where patients must travel by air to access specialized medical care ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
‘Permit me’ -- to thank county officials again
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:49 AM :: 2737 Views :: Development

... How long should Oahu residents have to wait for a permit to repair or renovate their homes? A few days? Weeks? Months? ....

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Thursday, July 27, 2023
Housing: 'Much of the proclamation I could have written myself'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:43 AM :: 2309 Views :: Development

... especially the many “whereas” justifications for why the emergency order was issued — which states many of the points I’ve been making for years regarding the bad policy and inaction that have characterized Hawaii’s approach to homebuilding ....

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Property Tax: Our council members have been listening
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:29 PM :: 1626 Views :: Taxes

... Multiple bills have already passed, and many council members have asked for more information about how to reform the property tax systems in their counties ....

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Sunday, July 9, 2023
What the Honolulu rail has taught us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:32 PM :: 1932 Views

... the final rail cost now is estimated at about $12.4 billion, making it the most expensive light rail project in the world ....

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Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Happy Fourth of July!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 AM :: 1683 Views :: Hawaii History

... the Declaration of Independence set our nation on its course to become the leading light for freedom throughout the world ....

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Monday, July 3, 2023
OHA Ends 'Work-from-Home' for Employees
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 1928 Views :: Labor, OHA, COVID-19

... concerns raised by OHA’s administration in response to the directive to end telework ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Happy Day for Hawaii Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 2264 Views :: Health Care

... physicians from around the country will enjoy an expedited path to licensure in our state ....

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
$1B Budget Cuts 'Wise and Courageous'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:46 PM :: 1868 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Green plans to trim approximately $1 billion from the Legislature’s proposed biennial budget via 22 separate line item vetoes ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
It's up to us to fight corruption
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 2101 Views :: Ethics

... Legal reforms can go a long way. But when it comes to putting a stop to longstanding corruption in Hawaii, the biggest impact of all will ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
It’s Time for OHA to Change its Messaging About Kakaʻako Makai
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 2050 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the messaging OHA uses to promote this development project could be connected to our failure to rally support in the legislature ....

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Saturday, June 3, 2023
Do you want distractions or solutions?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 1778 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... increasing taxes on anyone can come with its own set of problems ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:10 AM :: 1868 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... the “empty homes” theory is just another distraction from the real cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis, which is regulations that block homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
​Aloha, Sam Slom, Hawaii will miss you
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:20 PM :: 2093 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party

... It’s a rare man who enters politics and leaves this world mourned as much by his political adversaries as his friends and allies ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 2154 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 2060 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Counties should prioritize lowering property taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:50 PM :: 1872 Views :: Taxes

... higher property taxes could make homeownership unaffordable for some residents; landlords might have no choice but to increase what they charge their tenants; and businesses might have to raise prices ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Axis Deer Venison: Opportunity for Hawaii Ranchers?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:11 PM :: 2320 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture

... On today’s episode of 'Hawaii Together,' host Keli'i Akina speaks with Mayer about the state of Hawaii’s meat industry ....

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Is racism why OHA can’t build condos?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:12 PM :: 2601 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, OHA

... the restriction was put in place before OHA chose to acquire the property ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Why OHA Should Fully Open Its Records to the State Auditor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:40 AM :: 2355 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... On April 5, 2023, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court denied Hawaiʻi State Auditor Leslie Kondo full access to minutes of closed executive sessions of the OHA Board of Trustees ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2855 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 PM :: 2605 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If Hawaii’s politicians aren’t careful, they might kill the goose that lays the golden egg .... 

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Saturday, April 15, 2023
"Transparency" or unwarranted government meddling?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 PM :: 2335 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... SB1057 would hurt the people it is aiming to help by hamstringing those who are best able to help them — their potential employers ....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Fixing Hawaii’s Transportation System; A Dose of the Private Sector Would Help
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:09 AM :: 2357 Views :: Jones Act, Rail, Cost of Living

... how Hawai'i can reduce the costs and the improve service quality of its various mass transportation systems ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Counties must prioritize property tax relief
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:08 PM :: 1621 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... No one likes the idea of our county governments profiting from Hawaii’s high cost of living.  But that’s what is going to happen soon unless we engineer some property tax relief ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
2023 State Audit of OHA: Is the ‘Glass Half Empty’ or ‘Half Full’?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 1953 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Audits can be a difficult pill to swallow ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
​Is there life after Downtown Walmart?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:47 PM :: 2208 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... adaptive reuse ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Update Hawaii licensing laws to attract more doctors
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1942 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... medical professionals have found Hawaii to be an increasingly uninviting place to practice ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
HTA by any other name is still HTA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:57 PM :: 1827 Views :: Tourism

... SB1522 would replace the HTA with a new “Office of Destination Management.” ....

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Saturday, March 18, 2023
The honeymoon is over; what about our tax cuts?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:25 PM :: 1981 Views :: Taxes

... Wednesday was Gov. Josh Green’s 100th day in office, and I think it’s safe to say his honeymoon period with voters and the Legislature has come to an end ....

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