Big Island Press Club Sponsors Presentation on The Transparency Initiative

The Big Island Press Club invites the public to a luncheon talk on Thursday, June 18, from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Restaurant Kenichi to hear about The Grassroot Institute’s Transparency Initiative.

The  initiative has broken new ground in shedding a light on holding government in Hawaii accountable. Grassroot has been able to uncover amazing information, which will be uploaded 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.
? The salaries, overtime, and bonus pay, and other information for every county.

Through a series of open records requests, and with the help of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, and the Office of Information Practices, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and policy analyst Joe Kent will review the work that Grassroot Institute has done for a better government, economy, and society in Hawaii.

The institute’s speakers also will share of its struggles 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. In addition, the speakers will review their transparency work with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Employee Retirement System, among other agencies.

“A society built on democracy rests on an informed public. Now more than ever, it’s important that we say “E Hana Kakou, let’s work together,” toward an open and transparent government.,” Akina said.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit 501(c)3 public policy think tank, dedicated to advancing individual liberty, the freemarket, and limited, accountable government.

Reservations are required. The cost of the buffet lunch (chicken katsu, furikake panko salmon, yakisoba, salad, vegetable, beverage) at Restaurant Kenichi, 684 Kilauea Ave., Hilo, is $20.

Register with a credit card at ($2.09 processing fee) or contact Robert Duerr or 808-937-9104. Those interested may also send check to BIPC P. O. Box 1920, Hilo HI 96721, to arrive no later than June 16. Parking is available at Aupuni Center, across the street, for 25 cents per hour.

The Big Island Press Club has been dedicated to journalism and the public’s right to know about the workings of government, business and communities on Hawaii island since 1967.

4 replies
  1. Ruth Robison
    Ruth Robison says:

    I am a member of the Press Club and am planning to attend. The audience should know that the speaker and his organization’s agenda is small government. We should trust the free market. They belong to the State Policy Network. Please research/Google them before you come.

  2. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    Thanks, Ruth for the heads up.
    I personally don’t care about the size of govt.
    I care about it doing what people, not big-business, generally want.
    There is no ‘free market’.
    We drive on socialist roads, using subsidized fuel, protected and taught by govt employees.
    Cheap corporate labor is subsidized by social benefits.
    I wish that there were good paying govt jobs for all the unemployed. With pensions!
    I vote for the very wealthy to pay gobs of taxes on their currently hidden wealth.
    Capitalism is consuming the planet.
    How about transparency for/of corporate power
    to illuminate how corporate powers have captured our govt.
    How can Democracy and corporate capitalism co-exist?

  3. Lourdes Kealoha
    Lourdes Kealoha says:

    Thank you for the heads up !
    I had no idea.
    We certainly don’t want these small-government / personal liberty creeps sneaking in here and deceiving people about their so-called transparency goals.

  4. Lourdes Kealoha
    Lourdes Kealoha says:

    People like this are VERY scary, and need to be stopped:

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