Is Hawaii Globally Competitive?

Editor's Note: This is the first of two columns by Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz discussing why Hawaii is not doing as much as it could to boost the economy and how it can be better.

In 1999, the Honolulu Star Bulletin published an article by Lavonne Leong, "Isles Lose Many of the Best and Brightest." When University of Hawaii graduates in finance were asked, "What advice would you offer current and soon-to-be graduating students in your major?" almost twenty-five percent responded, "Move to the mainland."

Let’s fast forward to 2012. Is the advice the same?

We have heard the catch phrases of “diversify our economy” and “reverse the brain-drain” time and time again for more than 30 years. We have even heard the terms “gateway” and “where east meets west.” And what progress have we made?

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