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Dr. Akina on Hawaii Public Radio

Recently, Dr. Akina, President of the Grassroot Institute appeared on “The Conversation,” Hawaii Public Radio’s on-air discussion of current events. Dr. Akina discussed the joint investigation with Judicial Watch that led to a lawsuit to compel disclosure of the Native Hawaiian Roll. In the process, a number of important issues were raised regarding how names were added to the Roll and even the use of funds meant for the betterment of Native Hawaiians in compiling the documents. Now that the Roll has been made public, the debate has grown stronger and many are wondering what the next steps will be. To listen to Dr. Akina on “The Conversation,” play the recording below or click here to see the full episode on the Hawaii Public Radio website....

Video: Grassroot Calabash on Government Transparency

On May 20th, the Grassroot Institute held an expert panel on the issue of transparency and government secrecy in Hawaii. Moderated by Grassroot President Keli’i Akina, the panel included Rick Daysog of Hawaii News Now, Gina Mangieri of KHON2, Brian Black of Civil Beat Law Center, environmental watchdog Carroll Cox, Andrew Walden of Hawaii Free Press, and Grassroot’s own Joe Kent. In addition, Senator Les Ihara and Senator Donna Mercado Kim–both strong advocates for transparency–offered their own remarks on the issue. The panelists had some interesting (and outrageous) stories to share about their experience in seeking records from the government, from Gina Mangieri’s account of the $80,000 fee assessment she once got from an agency trying to avoid complying with a request to Carroll Cox and his technique of taking a scanner and cart to government offices. The video is well worth watching in full  if you’re interested in the problems and promise of transparency in our state. In addition, you’ll find links to the beginning of each panelist’s presentation below. Sen. Ihara (begins at 5:05) Rick Daysog (begins at 12:25) Gina Mangieri (begins at 18:27) Carroll Cox (begins at 25:23) Brian Black (begins at 32:02) Andrew Walden (begins at 38:47) Joe Kent (begins at 47:02) Senator Kim (begins at...

Grassroot President Akina Discusses Hawaiian Home Lands on PBS Insights

One of the most important questions before us in addressing the needs of Native Hawaiians relates to the Hawaiian Home Lands. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has been under fire as charges of mismanagement cast doubt on how well the agency is fulfilling its mission. In this episode of PBS Insights, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina is part of a panel that explores the criticism of DHHL and the critical issue of how the Department can best serve Native...

Federalist Society Asks “Is the Akaka Bill Back?”

One of the important roles that the Grassroot Institute plays in opposing the creation of a Native Hawaiian tribe is in promoting discussion and interest in the issue–especially on the mainland, where issues that are important to Hawaii can sometimes be overlooked. As a result, awareness of the problems inherent in the current nation-building efforts is on the rise. This podcast from the Federalist Society is from a teleforum that the public policy organization held on Dec. 17th.  In it, Hans von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow and Manager of the Civil Justice Reform Initiative at the Heritage Foundation, discusses the recent effort from the Department of the Interior to involve itself in the creation of a Native Hawaii government. The informational briefing includes an explanation of why the DOI’s contemplated action violates the Constitution and is a good primer on the issue for anyone who needs a powerful and concise explanation of the problems with federal efforts to recognize a Native Hawaiian tribe.  ...

Video: Improving Public Schools with Randy Roth

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews one of Hawaii’s true “movers and shakers.” An attorney, activist, and law professor at University of Hawaii, Randall Roth has left his mark on our community, and has been central to many efforts to improve life in the Aloha state. His account of his involvement in the making of the movie The Descendants touches beautifully on the tension between respecting the past and encouraging progress that so many in Hawaii identify with. With his sights now set on improving our public schools, Professor Roth shares with Dr. Akina his thoughts about what needs to be done about the school system and what he hopes to accomplish with a newly established educational think-tank. Watch the video in its entirety below or click here to view on You...

Video: An Interview with Les Chang

This has been an interesting election season, for a number of reasons–and one of those has been the rise of new parties to challenge the existing structure. In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Les Chang, candidate for Lt. Governor on the Independent Party ticket. Chang, who is Mufi Hanneman’s running mate, talks about his political philosophy and his vision for Hawaii while also explaining the goals of the Independent Party of Hawaii as a different voice for the people of Hawaii. Watch the video below or click here to view on You...

Video: Hawaii’s Growing Libertarian Party

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Tracy Ryan, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Hawaii, and Tom Berg, a Libertarian candidate for the Hawaii Legislature. The influence and presence of Hawaii’s Libertarian Party has been growing in recent years, injecting new ideas into the public debate on how to solve our state’s problems. As Party Chair, Tracy Ryan has worked hard to get more candidates on the ballot, including current candidate Tom Berg. In this video, Dr. Akina, Ms. Ryan, and Mr. Berg discuss the goals and philosophy of the Libertarian Party and how they would approach some of Hawaii’s pressing issues. Watch the interview in its entirety below or click here to view on You...

Video: Interview with Elwin Ahu

In this episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interview Elwin Ahu, whose story of his journey from attorney to judge to minister reflects a continuing and evolving commitment to serve others. Now a candidate for Lt. Governor, Mr. Ahu shares his political philosophy with Dr. Akina, and fields some tough questions about how one balances ones moral beliefs with one’s responsibility to fairly govern in a diverse state like Hawaii. Watch the video in its entirety below or click here to view on You Tube....

Video: Lopresti & Akina – Liberal & Conservative Views

This episode of E Hana Kakou features a spirited discussion between two long-time friends and philosophical sparring partners. Dr. Matt Lopresti is a professor of philosophy and a candidate for the Hawaii House of Representatives.  He and  host Dr. Keli’i Akina have shared discussion and debate since their days together as fellow Ph.D. students.  In this video, the two intellectual activists share their respective views on politics, the economy, social justice, and other matters.  Although neither puts much stock in labels, Lopresti is proud to represent a socially progressive and liberal point of view, while Akina, president of Grassroot Institute, represents what has been called a conservative to libertarian perspective. Watch the video below or click here to view on You Tube....