Grassroot Institute Announces Big Island Tour in October

Today, Grasssroot Institute of Hawaii announced two exciting new events on the island of Hawaii. The events will feature Grassroot President Keli’i Akina, former Representative Charles Djou, and Hawaii Shippers Council President Michael Hansen and will honor the legacy of Freddy Rice as well as discuss the local damage caused by the Jones Act.

Grassroot President Keli'i Akina

Grassroot President Keli’i Akina

On Friday, October 4th, Grassroot Institute will present a Jones Act Reform Night at Hilo’s Naniloa Volcanoes Resort. There, Dr. Akina and Michael Hansen will explain what the Jones Act is and why it is harmful to Hawaii’s future.  The event is part of Grassroot’s mission to educate the public as well as political leaders and to lead the charge in bringing about a much-needed reform of the Jones Act. This event is sponsored by the Conservative Forum of Hilo. For more details, please go to

On Saturday, October 5th, Grassroot will be at Kona’s Mauni Lani Golf Course for an event entitled “Upholding the Legacy of Freddy Rice.” There, Mr. Rice, a longtime defender of liberty and the free market in Hawaii, will be presented with the Grassroot Institute Legacy Award and Dr. Akina will speak on how Mr. Rice’s example can lead us to a better Hawaii. In addition, former Representative Charles Djou will address how it is possible to “shift the tide” on the Jones Act. For more information on the Kona event, go to

“We are delighted that Grassroot Institute can continue to serve residents of the Big Island and all neighbor island counties,” stated Keli’i Akina, President of Grassroot Institute. “Across the state, there are countless freedom-loving individuals who are banding together to build a better Hawaii for all.  They represent the real hope for the future of Hawaii’s economy, government and society.”


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