2020 Kuleana Academy is coming – emerging political/policy leaders wanted

Have you noticed the political awakening sweeping across Hawaiʻi?

Communities on every island are organizing to make their voices heard by government. Direct-action protests are popping up on different islands. More Hawaiʻi residents are registering to vote.

Exciting new candidates are throwing their hats in the ring and running for public office.

People are entering the civic arena for a reason. They feel the status quo isn’t working. Many families in Hawaiʻi cannot make ends meet. Our natural resources are in peril. Our government is simply not delivering the kind of bold reforms needed.


It is no coincidence that the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) leadership training program, Kuleana Academy, received a record number of applications during 2019.

Now, due to the generosity of many in the community who share our frustration at the slow pace of change, HAPA is excited to announce the 2020 Kuleana Academy!

Clearly, a growing number of our residents see that our current system is broken, and want to fix it. The Kuleana Academy provides them with the tools they need to do so.

As graduates run for office, or lead campaigns serving the public good, they hit the ground running to restore humanity to public policy. Two of our alumni are now lawmakers serving in the State House of Representatives, three on the Maui County Council, and seven have been elected to neighborhood boards on Oʻahu. Dozens more are grassroots organizers and policy advocates.

If you share our values of putting people and the planet first, are interested in running for public office, in supporting others who share those values to run, or otherwise want to increase your leadership skills in the public policy arena – Check out the Kuleana Academy (and watch the short video)! http://www.hapahi.org/kuleana-academy

In solidarity,

Gary Hooser http://www.garyhooser.com
Volunteer Board President
Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA)

Note: For other interesting reads on related topics, please check out these “quick reads” on The Hooser Blog:

“A new candidates guide to running for office”

“Turning Marchers Into Voters – learning from the revolution of ’54’”

“Corporatists masquerading as Democrats attempting to cloak themselves as centrists”

NOTE 2: Please encourage your networks to subscribe to my regular “Policy and Politics” email list – by going here to subscribe: http://garyhooser.com/#four

Final Note: HAPA’s Kuleana Academy is not an electoral activity; it is a non-partisan educational program. HAPA and Kuleana Academy will not:

* endorse any political candidates for public office.

* make any campaign contributions (monetary or in-kind).

* ask candidates to sign pledges on any issues.


About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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