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Friday, January 29, 2021
​Higher revenues without higher taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 2155 Views :: Taxes

... new tax bills, sometimes dressed up as “surcharges,” “fees” or “closing loopholes” ....

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Friday, January 29, 2021
Completing the Work of Restoring OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:04 AM :: 2446 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... A survey commissioned by the agency in 2015 found that the public regarded OHA as the least favorable of the major Hawaiian-serving organizations ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Let's get our voice back
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 2835 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a perpetual emergency status ....

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Friday, January 15, 2021
When saving money isn't really
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:31 PM :: 3591 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes, COVID-19

... that $2 billion in “savings” is going to end up costing the taxpayers almost four times as much in the long term ....

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Friday, January 8, 2021
Don't rely on pennies from heaven
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:40 PM :: 2505 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... This week, we got our first real glimpse of Gov. David Ige’s proposed budget. ...

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Friday, January 1, 2021
“I lele no ka lupe i ke pole” – It’s about the people!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 2259 Views :: OHA

... As I enter my second term, I recommit myself to a three-fold vision that guided my first term ....

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Friday, January 1, 2021
I can see clearly now
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 2625 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a fresh start ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
The best Christmas gift? Freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:20 PM :: 2029 Views :: Economy

... If only it were possible to fill a stocking with economic freedom and leave lots of new jobs under the tree .... 

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Saturday, December 19, 2020
Tax hikes coming — really?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 AM :: 2866 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the only two things that are certain in life are debt and taxes ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
A new way to address unemployment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 2570 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance system has become a ticking time bomb that threatens Hawaii’s fiscal future. ... 

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
Keli'i Akina Wins Reelection to OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 AM :: 2893 Views :: OHA

... The election results are in ....

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Saturday, August 29, 2020
Lots of rules, not enough clarity
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:14 AM :: 2920 Views :: COVID-19

...I wanted to take a walk. Unfortunately, it turned out to be much more complicated....

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Former Matson Lawyer: Why It's Time to Update Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:00 AM :: 3516 Views :: Jones Act

...Corporate and maritime attorney Wayne Parker talks about how the Jones Act affects the shipping industry in unexpected ways.... 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Video: Hawaii's Generation Z
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 2339 Views :: Higher Education

...How do they view the present and the future, and what will they contribute to Hawaii and the world? Join us as we explore their attitudes, beliefs and values.... 

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Saturday, July 4, 2020
Happy July 4th, despite the irony
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:13 AM :: 2316 Views :: COVID-19

...celebrate the nation’s independence … while still under lockdown....

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Akina for OHA: TMT Yes with Pono Management
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:34 PM :: 4503 Views :: Hawaii County , Greenmail, Higher Education, OHA

...Like many Hawaiians, I believe there is room on the Mauna for both science and the sacred.  But we must protect the environment and honor the culture.  With pono management, the presence of world class scientific equipment will benefit Hawaiians and all people through advances in education, jobs, economic opportunity, and global competitiveness.”....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
How to balance the budget in just a few clicks
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:56 PM :: 2499 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus....

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Saturday, June 13, 2020
This act needs a rewrite
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:43 AM :: 2188 Views :: Jones Act

... I wrote one of its 17 chapters, “Updating the Jones Act for the 21st Century,” wherein I argue that reform of the act would not be a threat to either jobs or national security ....

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Saturday, June 6, 2020
Life in the time of lockdowns
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:19 PM :: 2751 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

...caught off guard by another last-minute government switcheroo....

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 3182 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Saturday, May 2, 2020
Keli'i Akina Calls for Balanced Approach to Re-opening the Economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 3819 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... measures that must be taken now before "irreparable damage" is done to Hawaii's economy ....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Mālama Meals - Bringing Hope Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 2834 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need ....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 3086 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Jeff Portnoy, a First Amendment attorney who frequently represents the media, calls Governor Ige's recent Coronovirus proclamations “over-broad,” and “kind of like martial law.”....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Where's the cushion?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 3953 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Emergency preparedness in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
OHA Suing the State - Enough is Enough!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:02 AM :: 3995 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a perception that the organization and its management "are ineffective, poorly managed, or corrupt" and "do not help or represent the Hawaiian people effectively."....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Poor economy is medical threat, too
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:20 PM :: 2912 Views :: Economy, Health Care

...In times of crisis, we are likely to be held back by the same problems that affect us now — the doctor shortage, the shipping restrictions caused by the Jones Act....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Nanakuli: From Hardship to Hope
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:45 PM :: 3879 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, OHA

...Diamond Garcia's own journey from hardship to hope is reflective of the challenges many face in his hometown of Nanakuli....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 4174 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Video: Solving Hawaii's Fiscal Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:31 AM :: 3021 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...how Hawaii can avoid its looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion the next 30 years....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
How to Restore OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:31 PM :: 3397 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The way OHA has responded to recent events has affected its credibility in the eyes of Hawai’i’s lawmakers and OHA’s own Hawaiian beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Making Prescriptions More Available
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:53 AM :: 2387 Views :: Health Care
...Federal laws are standing in the way of the distribution of prescription medicine to individuals in need, says Dr. Jeffrey Singer, surgeon and medical public policy expert....
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Friday, January 3, 2020
How to Stop the Exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:48 AM :: 3620 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...reject the idea that the “price of paradise” must inevitably be unreasonable....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
State Auditor Suspends OHA Audit Over Refusal to Release Records
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:16 AM :: 4297 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustees Machado, Lee Admit Refusing to Provide Unredacted Minutes to Auditor....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Don't Sweep OHA Audit Under the Rug
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 AM :: 3976 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...There are serious questions which must now be answered....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 6352 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
Let's unite to reform Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 2816 Views :: Jones Act

...On Dec. 19, Rep Ed Case introduced three measures to reform the archaic, century-old law....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 4639 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 4096 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Surfing the Nations - Transforming Wahiawa and the World
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 3986 Views :: Homelessness, Religion

...Whether taking their surfboards to do diplomacy in North Korea or feeding the homeless in Wahiawa, the nonprofit Surfing the Nations is having an impact.... 

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 4302 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Red Flags: An Analysis of the Independent Audit of OHA and its LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 5240 Views :: OHA

“...People ask why I care so much about auditing OHA. It's because there are Hawaiians who need housing, jobs, education, and healthcare...." 

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
OHA Policy Should Not Discourage Trustees from Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 4672 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...On November 12, the editors of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser urged OHA to scrap its 'one voice’ policy....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
VIDEO: Keli'i Akina and Augie Tulba Talk Story 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:17 PM :: 3563 Views :: Politicians

...in a personal and up-close interview, Augie Tulba talks with Keli'i Akina about his life experiences, values and new directions....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trustee Akina Calls on OHA Board to Reject Unsubstantiated Allegations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:37 PM :: 4739 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Board refers matter back to investigative committee....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Protect our nation: Reform the Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:46 PM :: 3958 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...the Jones Act was enacted a century ago, when warfare and trade were very different....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
OHA Committee Acknowledges It Has No Authority to Discipline Trustee Akina for Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:42 PM :: 4232 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA's P.I.G. issued a report conceding that OHA has "no recourse” to discipline him, and closed the matter....

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Friday, November 1, 2019
Hawaiians & the Economy: We're in The Same Boat as Everyone!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:46 PM :: 5478 Views :: DHHL, Economy, OHA, Cost of Living

...if we work to do good for all people of Hawai'i, we end up helping Hawaiians....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
​Why we have a Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:33 AM :: 5184 Views :: Development, Economy, Land Use

...When supply can’t keep up with demand, prices go up....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 4887 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 3779 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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