Island Events — June 18 ‘Newsmaker Luncheon’ To Focus On Government Transparency

Government transparency will be the subject of a June 18 Big Island Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon.

Keli’i Akina, president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and Joe Kent, the organization’s policy analyst, will review their work for better government, economy, and society in Hawaii.

Grassroot Institute has been able to uncover what organization representatives describe as “amazing” information, which they intend to upload for journalists and the public at Among the findings:

The top ten highest state public pensions for retirees last year. The average pension and base salary for every state department.

At the BIPC Newsmaker Luncheon, Grassroot Institute reps will also share the struggles with attempting to advance transparency in Hawaii, especially with regard to Hawaii County, which has been one of the least transparent counties in terms of salary and overtime pay. Grassroot Institue reps will review their transparency work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Employee Retirement System, among other agencies.

The BIPC Newsmaker Luncheon Series will be held at Restaurant Kenichi across from Hilo’s County Building on 684 Kilauea Ave. Lunch cost is $20.

Contact Robert Duerr at or (808) 937-9104. Or, send a check to BIPC P. O. Box 1920, Hilo HI 96721.

— Tiffany Edwards Hunt


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