Hawaii is the largest state in the US, and for good reason.
With more than 1.4 million square miles, it’s the second-largest island in the Pacific, and is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
But for some reason, its government has been slow to adopt more efficient ways to distribute and control its money.
The state has long relied on a system of public auctions, in which local governments collect money from individuals and businesses to pay for government services.
But the auctions, which are overseen by a group of independent inspectors who have a monopoly on determining whether or not the money is valid, have become increasingly inefficient and expensive to run.
This year, Hawaii has eliminated the public auctions altogether and has replaced them with a system called a “block grant.”
The money collected from residents is divided equally between the state and each of the eight county councils, which run the local government.
The county councils can choose to pay the block grant directly, or distribute it through a combination of direct and indirect sales.
The block grant was set up as a way for Hawaii to raise more money from the private sector, but some locals say it is also hurting the state’s already-low property tax revenue.
In 2016, for example, residents of the island of Maui voted to block the county councils from making direct payments to the state.
The vote resulted in a public notice saying the block grants would not be made.
“If we don’t give the block to the people and we don.t make it available to the community, we will lose our own money,” said Tanya L. D’Amico, a resident of the small island community of Hilo.
“That’s what happened.”
The block grants were ultimately returned to the county governments.
The state has also been working to reform its own system of funding the health care system, including the use of a block grant system to distribute health care funds.
“We have been working hard to increase our efficiency and decrease the cost of our health care,” Hawaii Gov.
David Ige said at the time.
“And I hope we can do that in a sustainable manner.”
But many residents say the block-grant system has created an environment that encourages waste and corruption.
In recent months, the Hawaii Public Service Commission has been investigating how the state uses its block grants, and whether it is in compliance with the law.
A commission report issued last month concluded that the block granting system is not efficient and is inefficient because it “is not based on an efficient system of distribution.”
The report found that the state has spent nearly $4.2 billion over the past three years on block grants.
Of that, about $1.7 billion went to individual households.
About $1 billion went directly to county councils.
The rest was distributed to individuals and small businesses.
The commission found that only 10 percent of the money was actually spent on the health system.
The other 90 percent was allocated to individual residents, to businesses and to other agencies.
In addition, the commission found, “the block grants have a tendency to increase the costs of other types of government services.”
The state’s chief economist, Jeff D. Binder, told a Senate committee in January that block grants are “not efficient,” and are “unlikely to provide adequate funding for health care.”
But the public has not been impressed by the state government’s response to the public’s concerns.
A survey released last month by the Hawaii Institute of Journalism and the Hawaii Research Council found that 60 percent of residents want to see the state adopt a block- grant system.
Another poll, conducted in June by the nonprofit Hawaiian Pacific Islanders Alliance, found that 75 percent of respondents believe that the system is wasteful.
And in July, a public opinion poll by the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of Hawaii’s residents think that block- grants are wasteful, and only 24 percent believe that they are efficient.
The block grants system is also being challenged in the courts.
A lawsuit filed in April by a local government on behalf of Hina Ila Ila, a woman who said she was injured in an April 2016 gas explosion that killed three of her relatives, alleges that the island’s block grants fund a private health care facility and violate the Hawaii Constitution’s prohibition on government money paying for health services.
A state judge has issued a preliminary injunction halting the block funds and a second preliminary injunction in June barring the block fund from using the funds to pay a private doctor for a treatment she was entitled to under the state constitution.
The case is expected to go to trial this year.