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Monday, February 19, 2024
True housing reform seems a strong possibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:32 PM :: 415 Views :: Development

... many small tweaks to Hawaii’s zoning and permitting rules that together could make a big dent ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 718 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A social tax policy I could agree with
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:13 PM :: 1006 Views :: Taxes

... It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1099 Views :: Cost of Living

“...We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s the reason our children are leaving...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Let’s Fulfill MLK’s Dream in Hawai‘i
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:19 PM :: 1036 Views :: Hawaii History, OHA

... On Sept. 17, 1959, King made a historic visit to Honolulu and addressed the first session of the Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1129 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 982 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Ways to improve Maui Interim Housing Plan
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:08 AM :: 916 Views :: Maui County

... $500 million plan is fine but could be improved to more quickly help displaced fire victims ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Are rolling blackouts the price Hawaii must pay for clean energy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:35 PM :: 1256 Views :: Energy, Environment

... If you spent part of this week sitting in the dark without any electricity, you probably have some questions about the state’s energy plan ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 927 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Small, focused policies could free up homebuilders and generate a wave of new housing construction ....

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Monday, January 8, 2024
Housing regulations add up to solid brick wall against homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:44 AM :: 1063 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... it’s taken almost half a year to see anything come from the governor’s emergency proclamation ....

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Saturday, January 6, 2024
OHA Trustees Working Together: From One Year to the Next!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 AM :: 1010 Views :: OHA

... reflecting upon some exciting accomplishments ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
2024: A chance to ‘accomplish great things’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:55 PM :: 861 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... 2023 featured “challenges galore,” but ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Find common ground to foster holiday cheer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:49 PM :: 2241 Views :: Religion

... Until someone brings up politics ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1097 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:39 AM :: 1194 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... a roadmap that can help make it happen ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Empowering Food Entrepreneurs: Education, Policy Changes Needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 AM :: 1058 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...there are a few state rules holding them back....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The easiest way to increase tax revenues
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 1267 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
A New Day for Hawaiian Homelands: Collaboration Between OHA and DHHL
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:44 AM :: 1024 Views :: DHHL, OHA

... This partnership between OHA and DHHL is a positive start, but there are other possibilities worth exploring such as ....

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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1034 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... looking for a “win-win” result ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Will history someday record an 'economic miracle' for Lahaina?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:20 AM :: 1200 Views :: Maui County, Development, Economy, Land Use

... how many years will depend on which path is taken ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Let's not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:24 AM :: 1473 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... even the slimmed down plan is worrisome ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
YIGBY law would be "dream situation" for Hawaii housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:53 PM :: 1711 Views :: Development, Religion

... Hawaii’s churches want to help solve the state’s housing crisis. Why are we making it so difficult for them? ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:40 AM :: 1467 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... The Actors Guild, a local acting group, produced a play based on their five-year ordeal of trying to get a permit to renovate their theater at Dole Cannery ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Zoom-ing in on Better Healthcare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:02 PM :: 1415 Views :: Health Care

... Could broader use of telehealth improve the quality of healthcare in Hawaii? ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
Restoring Lahaina’s Economy: Time is of the Essence
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1516 Views :: Maui County, Development, OHA

“My family is getting very desperate and deciding whether to leave Hawaiʻi.”

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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 :: 2311 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 :: 1722 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 :: 1776 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 :: 1722 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 :: 1634 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 :: 1487 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 :: 1470 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 :: 1611 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 :: 1755 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 :: 1664 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 :: 1596 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 :: 1860 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 :: 1746 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 :: 1428 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 :: 1653 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 :: 1655 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 :: 1496 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 :: 1824 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 :: 2017 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 :: 2139 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 :: 2422 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 :: 2640 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 :: 2220 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 :: 1527 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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