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Thursday, May 14, 2020
COVID Borrow and Spend Plan will Burden Taxpayers for Years to Come
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:49 PM :: 646 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...Keli'i Akina Challenges Lawmakers' Plan to Increase Borrowing and Spending....

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Saturday, May 02, 2020
Keli'i Akina Calls for Balanced Approach to Re-opening the Economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:41 PM :: 961 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... measures that must be taken now before "irreparable damage" is done to Hawaii's economy ....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Mālama Meals - Bringing Hope Amidst the Coronavirus Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 601 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... Mālama Meals, a new group formed by Da Spot and other partners, currently provides more than 10,000 meals a day to kupuna and others in need ....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Civil liberties in the age of the coronavirus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 823 Views :: First Amendment, COVID-19

...Jeff Portnoy, a First Amendment attorney who frequently represents the media, calls Governor Ige's recent Coronovirus proclamations “over-broad,” and “kind of like martial law.”....

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Friday, February 28, 2020
Where's the cushion?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 799 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Law Enforcement

...Emergency preparedness in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
OHA Suing the State - Enough is Enough!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:02 AM :: 1191 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...a perception that the organization and its management "are ineffective, poorly managed, or corrupt" and "do not help or represent the Hawaiian people effectively."....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Poor economy is medical threat, too
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:20 PM :: 636 Views :: Economy, Health Care

...In times of crisis, we are likely to be held back by the same problems that affect us now — the doctor shortage, the shipping restrictions caused by the Jones Act....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Nanakuli: From Hardship to Hope
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:45 PM :: 884 Views :: Honolulu County, DHHL, OHA

...Diamond Garcia's own journey from hardship to hope is reflective of the challenges many face in his hometown of Nanakuli....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 1194 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Video: Solving Hawaii's Fiscal Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:31 AM :: 804 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government

...how Hawaii can avoid its looming major debt crisis, projected at the moment to total $88 billion the next 30 years....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
How to Restore OHA's Credibility
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:31 PM :: 881 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...The way OHA has responded to recent events has affected its credibility in the eyes of Hawai’i’s lawmakers and OHA’s own Hawaiian beneficiaries....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Making Prescriptions More Available
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:53 AM :: 600 Views :: Health Care
...Federal laws are standing in the way of the distribution of prescription medicine to individuals in need, says Dr. Jeffrey Singer, surgeon and medical public policy expert....
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Friday, January 03, 2020
How to Stop the Exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:48 AM :: 1245 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...reject the idea that the “price of paradise” must inevitably be unreasonable....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
State Auditor Suspends OHA Audit Over Refusal to Release Records
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:16 AM :: 1561 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA Trustees Machado, Lee Admit Refusing to Provide Unredacted Minutes to Auditor....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Don't Sweep OHA Audit Under the Rug
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 AM :: 1502 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...There are serious questions which must now be answered....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 2849 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Friday, December 27, 2019
Let's unite to reform Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:06 PM :: 1034 Views :: Jones Act

...On Dec. 19, Rep Ed Case introduced three measures to reform the archaic, century-old law....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 1813 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
​'Gut and replace' has got to go
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:23 PM :: 1305 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Higher Education

...the name game is at the heart of the Legislature’s practice of “gut and replace"....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Surfing the Nations - Transforming Wahiawa and the World
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:33 AM :: 1244 Views :: Homelessness, Religion

...Whether taking their surfboards to do diplomacy in North Korea or feeding the homeless in Wahiawa, the nonprofit Surfing the Nations is having an impact.... 

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Friday, December 06, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 1383 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Red Flags: An Analysis of the Independent Audit of OHA and its LLCs
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 2407 Views :: OHA

“...People ask why I care so much about auditing OHA. It's because there are Hawaiians who need housing, jobs, education, and healthcare...." 

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Saturday, November 30, 2019
OHA Policy Should Not Discourage Trustees from Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1406 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...On November 12, the editors of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser urged OHA to scrap its 'one voice’ policy....

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019
VIDEO: Keli'i Akina and Augie Tulba Talk Story 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:17 PM :: 1012 Views :: Politicians

...in a personal and up-close interview, Augie Tulba talks with Keli'i Akina about his life experiences, values and new directions....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Trustee Akina Calls on OHA Board to Reject Unsubstantiated Allegations
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:37 PM :: 1693 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Board refers matter back to investigative committee....

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Friday, November 15, 2019
Protect our nation: Reform the Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:46 PM :: 1449 Views :: Jones Act, Military

...the Jones Act was enacted a century ago, when warfare and trade were very different....

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Friday, November 08, 2019
OHA Committee Acknowledges It Has No Authority to Discipline Trustee Akina for Speaking Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:42 PM :: 1681 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...OHA's P.I.G. issued a report conceding that OHA has "no recourse” to discipline him, and closed the matter....

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Friday, November 01, 2019
Hawaiians & the Economy: We're in The Same Boat as Everyone!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:46 PM :: 2041 Views :: DHHL, Economy, OHA, Cost of Living

...if we work to do good for all people of Hawai'i, we end up helping Hawaiians....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
​Why we have a Housing Crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:33 AM :: 1947 Views :: Development, Economy, Land Use

...When supply can’t keep up with demand, prices go up....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 1785 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Friday, October 11, 2019
How to Avoid ‘Troubled Waters’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:30 PM :: 1446 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...a task force of eminent Hawaii business and other community leaders has just issued a warning that Hawaii’s current rate of government spending is not sustainable....

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Wednesday, October 02, 2019
My Concern Over Transparency at OHA
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:50 AM :: 1743 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...legislators withheld OHA's funds, contingent upon the completion of a special audit of OHA and its LLCs....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Economic Curtain closing on Jones Act
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:05 PM :: 1529 Views :: Jones Act

...both the number and capacity of Jones Act ships has steadily declined in recent decades, which in turn has reduced domestic water shipments between the states....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Akina: OHA should disclose Maunakea expenditures
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:44 PM :: 2382 Views :: Ethics, Greenmail, OHA

...I have made a formal request for a statement of these expenditures....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Opportunity Urbanism for Honolulu?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:12 PM :: 1468 Views :: Development, Land Use

...Houston is America's largest city without any zoning laws....

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Friday, September 13, 2019
People are the solution, not the problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:32 PM :: 1184 Views :: Economy

...Obviously, Thanos wasn’t an economist....

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Friday, September 06, 2019
The cure for Hawaii’s doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:13 PM :: 2217 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...doctors can make 50 percent more if they work on the mainland instead of in Hawaii....

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Friday, August 30, 2019
How to give everybody a raise
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:32 PM :: 1247 Views :: Cost of Living

...Lowering the cost of living would make everyone’s pay go further, especially the less fortunate....

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Friday, August 23, 2019
Make the Jones Act worse?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:32 PM :: 2085 Views :: Energy, Jones Act

...there is a move in Congress to make things worse....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Is the government helping or hurting the Hawaii economy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 1845 Views :: Economy, Small Business

... minimum wage, the Hawaii brain drain, and Trump tariffs ....

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
OHA Needs a Culture of Transparency
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:15 PM :: 1683 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...Is there something to hide?....

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Honolulu CWAs a recipe for disaster
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:21 PM :: 1774 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor

...Bill Would Block 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding on City Contracts.... 

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Friday, July 26, 2019
Trustee Keli'i Akina Urges OHA to Recognize its Duty to Native Hawaiians Who Support TMT
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:32 PM :: 2034 Views :: First Amendment, OHA

"...Officially, OHA takes no position on the site or construction of the TMT.  Accordingly, OHA should affirm the rights of all Hawaiians to express themselves, both those who oppose the TMT and those who support it...." 

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Friday, July 19, 2019
Pennies Add Up
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 PM :: 1297 Views :: Jones Act

...Pennies add up. And when we’re talking about the Jones Act, they add up to billions of dollars....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
A Step in the Right Direction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:06 PM :: 1358 Views :: Small Business

...For almost three decades, the handyman exemption in Hawaii was capped at $1,000, a limit that includes the cost of labor and materials....

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Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Free Market Economics with Mark Skousen
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:28 AM :: 1232 Views :: Economy

...Skousen discusses with host Keli'i Akina what free-market economics is and why we should promote it....

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Monday, July 08, 2019
Trustee Akina Praises OHA’s Support of Court Order to Open LLCs’ Books
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:23 PM :: 1751 Views :: Ethics, OHA

"...Under interim CEO Sylvia Hussey’s leadership, transparency reigns...."

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Thursday, July 04, 2019
'Life, liberty and ... property'
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:56 PM :: 1423 Views :: Law Enforcement

...without property rights, many of our other rights or freedoms would be shallower....

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Monday, July 01, 2019
OHA Needs a Watchdog!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:36 PM :: 2016 Views :: Ethics, First Amendment, OHA

...If an OHA Trustee cannot publicly disagree with Board decisions, then it would hinder any Trustee from functioning as a watchdog. That would be a terrible loss to beneficiaries....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Housing and the Hendersons
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 AM :: 2258 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...It is universally acknowledged that Hawaii residents need more homes. So why is it so hard to build them?....

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