The Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce and the Conservative Forum for Hawaii are co-sponsoring a forum on the Jones Act at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room. This event is free and open to the public.
Two speakers will be presenting:
— Dr. Keli‘i Akina, president of the non-partisan free-market think tank Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, will talk on the economic aspects,
— Michael Hansen, president of the Hawaii Shippers Council, will talk on the national defense issues involved.
The Jones Act is a 1920 federal shipping law which affects nearly every product brought in to or out of Hawaii, by requiring all shipping between American ports be on American built, flagged and crewed vessels only. It has been hailed as preserving a key American marine resource and sea-lift capability as a national defense supplement, and criticized as a 93-year-old outdated law that increases the cost of living for every citizen.
Hawaiian politicians have lined up on both sides of the issue.