Local Principle Advocates for Private School Choice Local Principle Advocates for Private School Choice

Local Principle Advocates for Private School Choice

Maria Pauley, principal of Lanakila Baptist School, sat down with Joe Kent as a ...See More
Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations

Back to the Drawing Board on Bank Regulations

Senator Bernie Sanders has built a national campaign on the idea that we have to ...See More
Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture Policy to Support Hawaii’s Agriculture

Policy to Support Hawaii's Agriculture

Dr. Keli’i Akina and Joe Kent sit down with ThinkTechHawaii to discuss the ...See More
What the American Experience Suggests for Brexit What the American Experience Suggests for Brexit

What the American Experience Suggests for Brexit

A few years ago President Barack Obama urged members of the European Union to ad ...See More
New Federal Regulations Threaten Farming in Hawaii New Federal Regulations Threaten Farming in Hawaii

New Federal Regulations Threaten Farming in Hawaii

In 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law. Previousl ...See More
Candidate Interview: Kathryn Henski Candidate Interview: Kathryn Henski

Candidate Interview: Kathryn Henski

Kathryn Henski is running for House of Representatives district 22, Waikiki and ...See More
E Hana Kakou: The Jones Act, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, with Andy Blom E Hana Kakou: The Jones Act, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, with Andy Blom

E Hana Kakou: The Jones Act, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, with Andy Blom

Dr. Keli’i Akina interviewed Anderson Blom, executive director of Hawaii G ...See More
Transient Oriented Schools:  Impacting Housing Costs Transient Oriented Schools: Impacting Housing Costs

Transient Oriented Schools: Impacting Housing Costs

Forced exactions to fund our government don’t always come from taxing agencies, ...See More

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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...

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...

Alternatives to Welfare for Hawaii’s Homeless

Former judge Ted Abram sat down with Dr. Keli’i Akina to discuss alternatives to welfare. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. The amount of Maui residents...

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....

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...

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...

Transient Oriented Schools: Impacting Housing Costs

Forced exactions to fund our government don’t always come from taxing agencies, as we find out this week. Under a 2007 law, our Department of Education (DOE) has the authority to require developers to pay an “impact fee” in high growth areas of the state.  The theory...

Challenges to Opening a New Business in Hawaii

Hideo Simon, co-owner of Square Barrels restaurant spoke with Joe Kent on E Hana Kakou, a TV Show on the Think Tech Hawaii Broadcasting Network. Mr. Simon explained the challenges to opening a business. Hideo Simon said that the time it takes to get a permit through...

Maui’s Dancing Laws

Jiva Jive (pronounced Jeeva Jeeveh) of the Maui Dance Advocates spoke with Joe Kent to discuss the dancing laws on Maui. The interview was recorded  as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu....

The Future of Farming

On Tuesday, April 12th, at the Maui Country Club, the Grassroot Institute held a forum on the agricultural crisis in Hawaii, with opening talks from Mayor Alan Arakawa and Councilwoman Elle Cochran, featuring Dr. Keli’i Akina as the key speaker. With the...

A Free Market Solution to Homelessness?

Eric Butler spoke with the Grassroot Institute about the problem of homelessness in Hawaii, “This is a good time to say now to ease up on those regulations for a period of time until we can get this situation handled.” Eric explained that relaxing...

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...

Local Resident Speaks Out About Government Spending

Choon James, a resident of Hauula, is currently having her land seized to make room for a new fire station. Joe Kent interviewed Choon as a part of The Grassroot Institute with Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Choon has put a...

10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture

The Grassroot Institute gave a presentation on Maui titled, “10 Free Market Solutions for Agriculture on Maui” on April 12th, 2016. In the presentation, Dr. Keli’i Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii outlined 10 key solutions to...

Utopia is a Pretext for the Use of Power

Those who have not read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Birth-Mark” should look it up on the Internet. It is the story of a man who marries a perfectly beautiful woman, except that she has a birthmark. He tries various techniques to remove the birthmark. In the...

Politics in Hawaii: What’s Going On!?

On Thursday, April 14th, Dr. Keli’i Akina hosted a panel on the local and national political climate. The panelists were Andrew Walden, editor of the Hawaii Free Press; Colin Moore, Professor of Political Science and Director of the UH Public Policy Center;...

Privatization May Drive Down Costs on Maui

Dr. Keli’i Akina sat down with Leonard Gilroy of the Reason Foundation to discuss healthcare privatization. The interview was recorded  as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu. Until...

What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?

Steve Petranik, editor at Hawaii Business magazine, spoke with Dr. Keli’i Akina about the poor business climate in Hawaii. This interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM Maui and KKNE 940AM Oahu....