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Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Hawaii’s Healthcare Shortage: Hawaii Island Residents Concerned
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:41 AM :: 232 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care

... Residents on Hawaii island are voicing their concerns about the shortage of healthcare, according to Lisa Rantz, executive director of the Hilo Medical Center Foundation ....

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Meals & Mahalo Nui to the Heroes of the Pandemic
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:08 PM :: 370 Views :: OHA, COVID-19

... Zip codes with a high concentration of Native Hawaiian residents became “hot zones” ....

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Saturday, November 20, 2021
'Certificate of Need' stands in way of improving healthcare in Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:45 PM :: 536 Views :: Health Care

...  Since 2006, state officials have rejected over $200 million worth of certificate-of-need requests, which would have added more than 200 hospital beds to meet Hawaii’s medical needs ....

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Friday, November 19, 2021
COVID-19 regulations aren’t cost-free
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 521 Views :: Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

... ignoring the full cost is tantamount to malpractice ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
Good riddance to ‘gut and replace’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:23 PM :: 744 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Grassroot Institute submitted an amicus curiae brief in support of the plaintiffs, arguing that the practice was eroding public trust in government and short-circuiting the democratic process ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
Hawaiians: Diverse and Dispersed Yet Bound Together in Aloha
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:08 PM :: 835 Views :: OHA

... “Who speaks for Native Hawaiians?” and how disagreements are resolved when Native Hawaiians disagree ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 794 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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Monday, October 25, 2021
Budget crisis not needed to solve housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:35 PM :: 757 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... These are suggestions that are broadly supported and would require little if any taxpayer investment ....

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021
The real enemy of aloha is uncertainty
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 AM :: 872 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Why are some businesses treated differently than others? When will we be able to return to normal? Are any of these restrictions really saving lives? ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
COVID-19 meets its match: UH football
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:10 AM :: 588 Views :: COVID-19

... If there is one thing more powerful than COVID-19, apparently it’s a winning football team ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Coronavirus Management Should Respect Individual Choice
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:29 AM :: 960 Views :: COVID-19

... We all need to make sure that our personal health choices do not harm others ....

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
Why the toilet paper shortage?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:18 AM :: 1426 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... how could we be in this situation again? .... 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
China loves the Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 AM :: 805 Views :: Jones Act

... the Jones Act helps China dominate international trade ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
What we ‘need’ is to fix Hawaii’s healthcare laws
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:41 AM :: 1125 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... a closer look at the government policies that have contributed to the problem ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
What happened to our state’s balance of powers?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 1525 Views :: COVID-19

... When we got our first look at the tier system that outlined how our lives would be restricted by COVID-19 orders, we didn’t realize that eventually we, the people, would be divided into tiers ....

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021
​COVID mandates lead to crisis of aloha
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:41 PM :: 1268 Views :: COVID-19

... we must come together when the government overreaches and threatens fundamental rights ....

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Thursday, September 2, 2021
Akina: OHA is Becoming More Accountable in How It Gives Out Money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:21 PM :: 1282 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... How effective were our reform efforts? Well, I am pleased to say that one of the first report cards has just arrived ....

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Saturday, August 21, 2021
"One step forward, two steps back"
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 PM :: 1250 Views :: COVID-19

... Everywhere you look, there are indications that people are losing patience with the current style of governance and the uncertainty of living under executive orders .... 

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Saturday, August 14, 2021
Open-records law restored, but transparency still needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:10 AM :: 1062 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... It’s been about 525 days since the first lockdown began ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 1545 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Sunday, August 1, 2021
Too Many Red Flags to Ignore: OHA Must Follow Up on the CLA Report
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 1349 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... I do not believe OHA Administration’s implementation plan satisfies the directive given to OHA via Act 29 ....

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Saturday, July 31, 2021
70% or 82%?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:27 PM :: 1273 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... we are witnessing the breakdown in trust that occurs when there is not enough transparency in government decision-making ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1346 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Saturday, July 17, 2021
Coalitions are the key to change
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:16 PM :: 1107 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act

... Put together a coalition of voices behind one cause and you instantly become “strong,” worthy of attention ....

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 1443 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Let's not forget what makes July Fourth special
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:25 PM :: 1098 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... it would be appropriate if our legislators spent some of that time addressing the balance of powers and the emergency management statute that has ruled our lives for the past year ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
What if Hawaiians had Control Over the Assets They are Entitled to?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:51 PM :: 1631 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

... such as in Alaska where Alaskan Native people individually own shares of their corporation’s stock ....

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Friday, June 25, 2021
Aloha too often means goodbye
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:58 PM :: 1355 Views :: Cost of Living

... I’ve watched my children leave for the mainland to start college or their careers. And I know there’s a good chance they won’t be coming back, except for short visits ....

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021
​Why Hawaii residents are moving away
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 AM :: 2187 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State taxes a major driver of the exodus ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
​COVID tier confusion bespeaks a bigger problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:17 PM :: 1180 Views :: COVID-19

... More than a year into the COVID-19 emergency, we’re still experiencing the many ways in which the government can regulate and limit our daily lives ....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
End COVID-19 transparency dodge
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 1231 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

... Hawaii businesses might be reopening, but Hawaii government agencies still have a ways to go ....

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Reform Jones Act and PVSA for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 1147 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... President Joe Biden recently issued two Jones Act waivers ....

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Friday, June 4, 2021
Don't criminalize COVID-19 rule breakers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 1386 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... When you turn ordinary behavior into criminal behavior overnight, you need to be prepared for some unjust results .... 

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Homeownership for Hawaiians Requires Big Thinking!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:27 PM :: 1461 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

... The median price of a home on Oʻahu has just reached $950,000 ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Alaska victory bodes well for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:39 PM :: 1243 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, DC. ...

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Fixing Hawaii's COVID-19 citation nightmare
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 AM :: 1254 Views :: Law Enforcement, COVID-19

... A look at SB540 ....

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
Waiver goodbye to the Jones Act?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:04 AM :: 1071 Views :: Jones Act

... If a shipping law that ostensibly protects “national security” has to be waived every time there’s a crisis, maybe the problem is the law itself ....

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Friday, May 14, 2021
Everyone wants affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:38 PM :: 1291 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... We want a Hawaii where everyone who wants to buy a home can buy one in their price range ....

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The affordable housing trap - Mandates can't create more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:16 PM :: 1236 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... why housing prices have soared statewide and why affordability mandates won’t have the desired results ....

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
HART needs to quit being so secretive
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:24 AM :: 1291 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... Marked “Confidential (Not for Distribution),” the document contains analyses of both the original plan for the rail and 27 alternatives ....

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Saturday, May 1, 2021
Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:06 AM :: 1561 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:19 PM :: 1715 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, COVID-19

...The Fumble or The Phantom Punch....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
​How to tell which bills to veto
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:34 PM :: 1535 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the spotlight is moving toward Gov. David Ige .... 

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Legislative Audit of OHA’s Limited Liability Companies Cancelled
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:28 AM :: 1827 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...This is a great loss to OHA‘s beneficiaries. There are numerous questions of accountability and transparency which will go unanswered without the state legislative audit...."

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Friday, April 23, 2021
How high housing prices are encouraging residents to leave Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:57 AM :: 1956 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... How to make housing affordable and help stop the exodus .... 

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Friday, April 16, 2021
How to make lemonade out of the rail project
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1494 Views :: Rail

"... Uno said he has come to the conclusion that the rail is neither a construction project nor a transportation project. Instead, it is “a political project” — one in which all concerns about costs, waste and transparency are subordinate to political goals ...."

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
‘Plan C’ for rail?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:24 PM :: 1480 Views :: Rail

... Joe Uno, HART Board member, speaks in his private capacity as a citizen to host Keli‘i Akina about whether a ‘Plan C’ may help salvage the troubled project ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
Maui Beware!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:48 PM :: 2187 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... This would give Maui the second most restrictive affordable-housing law in the country ....

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Saturday, April 3, 2021
Help for Native Hawaiian Businesses Facing the COVID Storm
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:15 AM :: 1546 Views :: OHA, Small Business, COVID-19

... Native Hawaiians own 3,147 firms in Hawaiʻi, constituting 11.1% of all businesses in the state ....

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Friday, April 2, 2021
"Tax the rich" not the answer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 1387 Views :: Taxes

... Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax collector was a villain? ....

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