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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 :: 1785 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 :: 2147 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 :: 2134 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 :: 2581 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 :: 4618 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 :: 1962 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 :: 2814 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 :: 2109 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 :: 2241 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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Sunday, January 29, 2023
Don't let emergency orders become the norm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:33 PM :: 964 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness

... bureaucracy and red tape have become a major barrier to affordable housing in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
High cost of living drives family, friends out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:20 PM :: 1814 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... More than 15,000 people left Hawaii for the mainland last year ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 1925 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Green's State of the State: What's to like? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:38 AM :: 1509 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Most compelling was the governor's proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Let the sun shine in
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 1388 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The only question is whether they have the political will ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
​How to avert the looming property tax crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:10 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue ....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Akina recaps victories, disappointments of 2022; is optimistic about 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:31 PM :: 1961 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “wins” over the past year ....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Please Cut Taxes in 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 1568 Views :: Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green made eliminating the general excise tax for food and medicine one of his major talking points. And on the county level, faced with concerns about skyrocketing real estate assessments, Mayor Rick Blangiardi promised to “aggressively” pursue ways to reduce that tax burden. ....

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Sunday, January 1, 2023
“Deep Moral Crisis” in Hawai‘i Government
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:33 PM :: 2230 Views :: Ethics

... bold proposals for legislative reform ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Artificial Shortage: 74% of Oahu Land is Vacant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:08 PM :: 2197 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use

... Since the state Land Use Commission was created in 1976, “there’s just been a massive falloff on development,” Akina said. Indeed, only 2% of Hawaii island’s land is committed to urban housing and development. Statewide, that percentage is 4% for Kauai and Maui and 26% for Oahu. ...

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Monday, December 19, 2022
​Counties should not profit from Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 AM :: 2049 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2022
Knowledge is key to Jones Act reform
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:52 PM :: 1693 Views :: Jones Act

... American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands are both exempt from the Jones Act — and they like it that way ....

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Saturday, December 3, 2022
Licensing laws a license to hold back workers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:12 PM :: 1875 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... “License to Work” study looks at state regulations nationwide ....

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Thursday, December 1, 2022
Evidence of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse at OHA from 2012-2016
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:27 PM :: 1679 Views

... 22 financial transactions, worth over $7 million, made by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ....

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
Let's restore reason to city planning
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:59 AM :: 1978 Views :: Development, Land Use

... Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It ....

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Sunday, November 20, 2022
​It's a perfect time to cut taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:13 AM :: 1726 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans, if not their entire economic futures ....

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Friday, November 18, 2022
It’s our kuleana to ensure campaign promises are kept
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:13 PM :: 1526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Politicians

... If we don’t demand action, followup on our demands and show the consequences at the ballot box, then we have failed in our civic duty ....

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Saturday, November 12, 2022
Red Flags 2: Fraud, Waste, and Abuse at OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 PM :: 3909 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, OHA

... The PM report found 22 of the 38 questionable transactions with evidence of fraud, waste and abuse ... OHA noted matters requiring criminal prosecution will be turned over to the relevant authorities for appropriate action ....

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Sunday, November 6, 2022
How to win the housing permitting game
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:28 AM :: 1813 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... delays, missing emails and bureaucratic difficulties ....

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Protecting OHA from Corruption
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:25 PM :: 2411 Views :: Ethics, OHA

“...Powerful members of our community engaged in wrongdoing…various official watchdogs engage in willful blindness....”

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Monday, October 31, 2022
Short-term rental ban deserves short life
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:57 PM :: 1804 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Formerly known as Bill 41, the new law was supposed to go into effect this week, but a federal judge temporarily blocked it until its provisions can be hashed out in court ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:27 PM :: 2219 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The result is exactly what we have in Hawaii: a lot of talk about lowering the cost of housing, but very little effective reform ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 1942 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...First, do no harm....”

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Housing Crisis: Data Beats Anecdotes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:51 PM :: 1876 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Are out-of-state buyers, especially foreigners, really driving Hawaii’s high home prices?....”

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Saturday, October 8, 2022
Putting a human face on Hawaii's doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:31 PM :: 3302 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... they told me, ‘Send this person to Costco’ ....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
​Will Hawaii have to beg for a Jones Act waiver too?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:52 AM :: 1730 Views :: Jones Act

... It’s hard not to look at the delay, political gamesmanship and dueling press statements and wonder how long it will be until Hawaii is in a similar situation ....

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
A New Source of Wealth for the Hawaiian People
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 2115 Views :: Development, OHA

... I have been a strong advocate of protecting OHA’s funds from fraud, waste and abuse. I am as passionate about growing those funds to meet the needs of Hawaiians ....

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Friday, September 30, 2022
Is the World Running out of Resources?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:04 AM :: 1422 Views :: Environment

... Superabundance: The Story of Population Growth, Innovation, and Human Flourishing on an Infinitely Bountiful Planet ....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Corruption in Paradise -- Government Watchdogs Look the Other Way
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:19 AM :: 3767 Views :: Ethics

... many government watchdog entities appear to have been willfully ignoring, or even tacitly approving, some of Hawaii’s most egregious corruption scandals, according to Randy Roth ....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022
​Top-down energy plans not going down easy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:41 AM :: 1799 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... how we got to this point ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 2007 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the average delay for permits or approvals in Hawaii is more than three times as high as the national mean ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
Good Medicine for OHA’s “Red Flags”
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:36 PM :: 2308 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... Here are some examples of “Red Flag” disbursements by OHA and the concerns raised by CLA ....

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Thursday, September 1, 2022
Should sacrifices go just one way?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 PM :: 1489 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for the people? ....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022
How the Jones Act affects Puerto Rico; ‘the uncanny parallels’ with Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 2398 Views :: Jones Act

... the Jones Act is harmful to the territory of Puerto Rico, and people throughout the U.S. should be skeptical of it, says Luis Ponce, co-founder and action director of the Boricuas Unidos en la Diaspora ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
New report removes divisive distraction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:25 PM :: 1721 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis ....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
​How to reduce permit delays for Hawaii homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 AM :: 3026 Views :: Hawaii County , Development, Small Business

... in Hawaii County, residential permits take about 143 days to issue. In Honolulu, it’s 108 days for residential projects and 432 days for commercial projects over $1 million ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
When bureaucracy grows, housing does not
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:28 PM :: 2063 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... more regulation and delays ....

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Monday, August 1, 2022
Empowering Native Hawaiians to Own Homes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:09 PM :: 2145 Views :: DHHL, OHA

"...We’ve been renters all our lives...."

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Saturday, July 30, 2022
Emergency orders our newest emergency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:23 PM :: 1605 Views :: COVID-19

... The right way requires the involvement of the Legislature. It might be slower, but it is constitutional, democratic and results in real, lasting change ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
How to take politics out of housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 1829 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... The most recent example of this comes from Maui, where just this week the County Council killed a housing project that would have created 28 affordable units in Kihei ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:58 AM :: 2107 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The assumption is that they would simply have to take that additional loss ....

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