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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 :: 1652 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 :: 1927 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 :: 1809 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 :: 1490 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 :: 1712 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 :: 1720 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 :: 1573 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 :: 1915 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 :: 2078 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 :: 2190 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 :: 2495 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 :: 2687 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 :: 2260 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 :: 1573 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 :: 1885 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 :: 1633 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 :: 1821 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 :: 2229 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 :: 1826 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 :: 2030 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 :: 1973 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 :: 1731 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 :: 1804 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 :: 2020 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 :: 2081 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 :: 1989 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 :: 1821 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 :: 2229 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 :: 2527 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 :: 2296 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 :: 2788 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 :: 2550 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 :: 2280 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 :: 2272 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 :: 1568 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 :: 1885 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 :: 2142 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 :: 1884 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 :: 1781 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 :: 1943 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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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Promoting Local Foods in Hawaii; Removing Barriers is Key to Growth
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 AM :: 1927 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... The state has used numerous strategies to achieve that goal, but with mixed success ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Five Ideas to Put Aloha Stadium Plan on Right Track
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:05 AM :: 1752 Views :: Development

... avoid becoming another boondoggle ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
‘Visitor impact’ fee inherently flawed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:32 AM :: 2097 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... your cousins will have to pay hundreds of dollars to go to the family barbecue at Ala Moana Beach Park ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Hawai‘i Would Not be the Same Without Hawaiians
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:50 PM :: 2077 Views :: OHA, Cost of Living

... more Hawaiians are moving out of Hawaiʻi every year ....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Hawaii’s Housing Shortage Explained
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:08 PM :: 2524 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Housing expert says Hawaii fits pattern of areas losing residents ....

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Monday, February 27, 2023
Priced out of paradise
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:27 PM :: 4566 Views :: Cost of Living

... Now living in Seattle, Tongi was asked by judge Lionel Richie, “Why on Earth would you leave Hawaii?” ....

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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Corruption or incompetence, transparency still the antidote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1901 Views :: Ethics

... to combat government corruption, waste, mismanagement and inefficiency ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Multiple tax hikes moving through the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:09 PM :: 2776 Views :: Taxes

... there are still tax hikes moving through the Legislature, threatening to further increase Hawaii’s already-astronomical cost of living ....

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Federal Recognition of Hawaiian Sovereignty: One People, Many Views
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:26 PM :: 2034 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, OHA

... On Oct. 19, 2022, the United States Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that it would host its first-ever consultation policy with the Native Hawaiian community. ...

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Thursday, February 2, 2023
Proposed Short Term Rental Regs Could Harm Big Island Farmers, Economy.
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:19 PM :: 2153 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business, Tourism

... Some members of the Hawaii County Council are proposing tighter regulations on hosted short-term rentals ....

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