No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail pr ...See More
Public Charter Schools Public Charter Schools

Public Charter Schools

Many of us have heard about “charter schools” here in Hawaii.  Charter schools p ...See More
Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward

Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year, which is 1 ...See More
How Obamacare Built A Socialist Wall To Keep People In How Obamacare Built A Socialist Wall To Keep People In

How Obamacare Built A Socialist Wall To Keep People In

The Obama administration says too many people are choosing non-approved health i ...See More
Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Grassroot Institute Researcher Uncovers Excessive Police Overtime

Researcher Jason Hirose recently discovered that public officials in Maui County ...See More
No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reac ...See More
Candidate Interview: Deidre Tegarden Candidate Interview: Deidre Tegarden

Candidate Interview: Deidre Tegarden

Deidre Tegarden is running for State House of Representative, representing South ...See More
Bitcoin and Hawaii’s Failure to Support Business Bitcoin and Hawaii’s Failure to Support Business

Bitcoin and Hawaii's Failure to Support Business

Kaloa Robinson and Chay Shioi are entrepreneurs who struggled to launch their bu ...See More

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No end in sight for Hawaii rail spending

This spring, the New York Times published a story about the Hawaii state rail project entitled “Hawaii Struggles to Keep Rail Project from Becoming a Boondoggle.” But with the project now set to cost more than twice the state’s initial projections and no plan to...

How Obamacare Built A Socialist Wall To Keep People In

The Obama administration says too many people are choosing non-approved health insurance alternatives to Obamacare, which is a problem because socialism doesn’t work unless everyone is locked in the system and can’t escape. So government officials have announced they...

Candidate Interview: Deidre Tegarden

Deidre Tegarden is running for State House of Representative, representing South Maui House District Eleven. Joe Kent interviewed her after the Candidates Forum in Kula as part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe: “A lot...

How Taxes Work

This is a thought-provoking piece that appeared on the Internet some years ago.  There are variations of this story floating around, and the investigative website snopes.com concluded that the actual author is still unknown. Every day, ten men go out for dinner. The...

Candidate Speaks Out on Education Spending

Danny Pekus is running for House of Representatives, District 11, South Maui. Joe Kent interviewed him as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui . Joe: “What is your opinion about the way education looks in...

Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year, which is 15 percent of the annual state budget. To fairly distribute funding to each individual school, the Department of Education (DOE) uses a weighted student formula; in other words, the more...

Public Charter Schools

Many of us have heard about “charter schools” here in Hawaii.  Charter schools present an alternative to regular public schools under the state Department of Education (DOE), in that they have the freedom to teach students using their own systems and processes, rather...

Bitcoin and Hawaii’s Failure to Support Business

Kaloa Robinson and Chay Shioi are entrepreneurs who struggled to launch their business in the face of steep regulation. Joe Kent interviewed them as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Bitcoin, an entirely digital...

Candidate Interview: Keith Regan

Keith Regan is running for Maui County Council, representing Wailuku, Waihee, and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidates Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe: “On Maui we have...

A Jones Act Fairy Tale for National Maritime Day

The Navy League of the United States’ Seapower Magazine published on May 23, 2016, the article, “U.S. Merchant Marine Industry Strong, But Needs Improvements,“ reporting on the state of the U.S. commercial marine industry on National Maritime Day. The state of the...

Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations

Senator Bernie Sanders has built a national campaign on the idea that we have to “reign in the banks.”  I like Bernie’s sincerity, but what most of his followers probably don’t know is that even before the Dodd-Frank reform, the banking industry was already the most...

What the American Experience Suggests for Brexit

A few years ago President Barack Obama urged members of the European Union to admit Turkey. Now he wants the United Kingdom to stay in the EU. Even when the U.S. isn’t a member of the club the president has an opinion on who should be included Should the British...

Candidate Interview: Kathryn Henski

Kathryn Henski is running for House of Representatives district 22, Waikiki and Ala Moana. She sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Kathryn began by explaining her biggest...

No End In Sight to Rising Rail Costs

In 2008 the rail was estimated to cost $4.6 billion. In 2010 some estimates reached $7.2 billion. Today, the rail is estimated at $8.1 billion, with no end to added costs in sight. “For so many things to come out at this pretty late stage… is very...

Candidate Interview: Joe Blackburn

Joe Blackburn is running for Maui County Council, representing Waihee, Wailuku and Waikapu. Joe Kent interviewed him after the Candidate Forum in Kula as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. Joe Kent:...

New Federal Rules May Hurt Small Farmers

Simon Russell, a small farmer and member of the board of agriculture, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was introduced in 2014, and it gives the FDA...

Local Principal Advocates for Private School Choice

Maria Pauley, principal of Lanakila Baptist School, sat down with Joe Kent as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Joe: “What does school choice mean?” Maria: “School choice is...

Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the past, present, and future of agriculture in Hawaii. Farming in Hawaii has declined over the past several decades, and farmers need policies that protect them from government overreach....

New Federal Regulations Threaten Farming in Hawaii

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. Previously, the USDA was the primary agency regulating agriculture. Today, both the FDA and the USDA regulate farmers, doubling the mound of paperwork farmers must navigate to maintain a legal...
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