Pay-2-Play means everything goes through the development lens for its benefit to:
What this approach leaves out is the many important aspect of public infrastructure that don’t fall under the Pay-2-Play matrix.
Roads, parks, public access and maintenance of natural areas are universal and have direct benefit only to the public and large. This is why Hawaii falls short in all these areas.
Innovations such as the Super Ferry or the NextEra purchase of HECO both worked in the interest of the public at large but were forced into bankruptcy or rejected in favor of maintaining the status quo,
Hawaii has huge potential for development in ways that are cleaner, freer and bring a better standard of living to far more people. Its centralized governing system which favors one party rule ( the unfortunate relic of the approach the early Republican Party initiated) inhibits local control and the individual empowerment and input that is the source of innovation and prosperity.