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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
China loves the Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 AM :: 1889 Views :: Jones Act

... the Jones Act helps China dominate international trade ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:41 AM :: 2636 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... a closer look at the government policies that have contributed to the problem ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
What happened to our state’s balance of powers?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 2457 Views :: COVID-19

... When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers ....

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021
​COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:41 PM :: 2242 Views :: COVID-19

... we must come together when the government overreaches and threatens fundamental rights ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
Akina: OHA is Becoming More Accountable in How It Gives Out Money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 2694 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... How effective were our reform efforts? Well, I am pleased to say that one of the first report cards has just arrived ....

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
"One step forward, two steps back"
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 PM :: 2277 Views :: COVID-19

... Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders .... 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 AM :: 2671 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... It’s been about 525 days since the first lockdown began ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 3030 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Too Many Red Flags to Ignore: OHA Must Follow Up on the CLA Report
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 9669 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... I do not believe OHA Administration’s implementation plan satisfies the directive given to OHA via Act 29 ....

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
70% or 82%?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:27 PM :: 2604 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 2873 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Coalitions are the key to change
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 2396 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

... Put together a coalition of voices behind one cause and you instantly become “strong,” worthy of attention ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 2577 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Let's not forget what makes July Fourth special
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:25 PM :: 2312 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency management statute that has ruled our lives for the past year ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
What if Hawaiians had Control Over the Assets They are Entitled to?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:51 PM :: 3007 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... such as in Alaska where Alaskan Native people individually own shares of their corporation’s stock ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
Aloha too often means goodbye
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:58 PM :: 2321 Views :: Cost of Living

... I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
​Why Hawaii residents are moving away
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 AM :: 3783 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State taxes a major driver of the exodus ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
​COVID tier confusion bespeaks a bigger problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:17 PM :: 2090 Views :: COVID-19

... More than a year into the COVID-19 emergency, we’re still experiencing the many ways in which the government can regulate and limit our daily lives ....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
End COVID-19 transparency dodge
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 2842 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go ....

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Reform Jones Act and PVSA for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 2594 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... President Joe Biden recently issued two Jones Act waivers ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Don't criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 2514 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results .... 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Homeownership for Hawaiians Requires Big Thinking!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:27 PM :: 3029 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

... The median price of a home on Oʻahu has just reached $950,000 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Alaska victory bodes well for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:39 PM :: 2539 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, DC. ...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Fixing Hawaii's COVID-19 citation nightmare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 2516 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... A look at SB540 ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:04 AM :: 2079 Views :: Jones Act

... If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Everyone wants affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 2787 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... We want a Hawaii where everyone who wants to buy a home can buy one in their price range ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 2880 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 2652 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:06 AM :: 2877 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 3239 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 2771 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 3376 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...This is a great loss to OHA‘s beneficiaries. There are numerous questions of accountability and transparency which will go unanswered without the state legislative audit...."

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 3616 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Friday, April 16, 2021
How to make lemonade out of the rail project
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 2464 Views :: Rail

"... Uno said he has come to the conclusion that the rail is neither a construction project nor a transportation project. Instead, it is “a political project” — one in which all concerns about costs, waste and transparency are subordinate to political goals ...."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
‘Plan C’ for rail?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:24 PM :: 2612 Views :: Rail

... Joe Uno, HART Board member, speaks in his private capacity as a citizen to host Keli‘i Akina about whether a ‘Plan C’ may help salvage the troubled project ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 4329 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Saturday, April 3, 2021
Help for Native Hawaiian Businesses Facing the COVID Storm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:15 AM :: 3030 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

... Native Hawaiians own 3,147 firms in Hawaiʻi, constituting 11.1% of all businesses in the state ....

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Friday, April 2, 2021
"Tax the rich" not the answer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 2264 Views :: Taxes

... Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax collector was a villain? ....

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
A spending spree, really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:20 AM :: 1917 Views

... unlike your cousin, they didn’t even bring over a box of malasadas as a “thank you” gift ....

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
How to worsen our doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:15 AM :: 2939 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is down by more than 1,000 physicians, with no prospect of the situation improving ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 3567 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hawai'i Senators Bungle Major Tax Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:16 PM :: 2107 Views :: Taxes

“...Hawaii: First in taxation, last in affordability....”

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 2358 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 2235 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Why It's Time for OHA to Develop Kaka'ako Makai!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:00 PM :: 2515 Views :: Development, OHA

... virtually no development has taken place on this valuable property since OHA acquired it ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 2873 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 2775 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021
VIDEO: Hawaii's flawed accounting practices
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 AM :: 2483 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... flawed government accounting standards allow lawmakers to spend more and sweep debt under the rug ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
It was 20 years ago today …
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:37 PM :: 2357 Views :: Hawaii History

... it’s the start to a very important year. ...

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
2021 Legislature might actually do some good
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 2671 Views :: Hawaii State Government

" ... I don’t remember a legislative session that began with so many bills worthy of our support .... "

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