Where do we go from here?


A friend sent me a short message a few days ago asking, “Where do we go from here?” My initial response was simply, “Forward.”

Later, I added, “We rest a bit, then we go back at it. We help our friends in the general election of November 3, at the same time we regroup and start on 2022. Along the way we fight for the good stuff, and against the bad stuff. Are you in?”

So, I ask you who are reading this today, are you in? Can you help?

In order to continue moving forward, maintain, and grow our efforts, the Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI) could use some help itself actually. We run a pretty lean organization but we do have expenses. Can you help by making a secure online contribution today? Our goal is to raise at least $6,500 by September 1st so that we can revamp our website, further grow our communication efforts and fund basic administrative costs through the final quarter of the year. If you prefer, contributions by check may be sent to: Pono Hawaii Initiative, P.O. Box 871, Honolulu, HI 96808

We had many solid wins in the recent Primary Election, but now need to focus on the General to preserve and expand on those gains. There will not be as many races to focus on but each is important and some critically so (more on this in a future post).

For 2022, the planning begins now. In 2022 every single seat in the Hawaii State House and Senate will be up for election, plus there will be a governors race, a Kauai and Maui mayors race, and others.

Potential candidates (both incumbent and newcomers) need to start laying the groundwork for their campaigns now. If you are interested in running in 2022, if you have roots in your community, and if your values are in support of environmental, economic, and social justice, please lmk if I can help or otherwise add value (for free) to your planning.

So yes, we keep moving forward and doing so as aggressively as possible. There is too much at stake to dilly dally.

Please if you can, an online contribution of any amount, whether it is $25, $250 to $2,500 is welcome and no amount is too small. We are recognized by the federal government as 501c4 non-profit organization however because of the legislative and political advocacy work we do, CONTRIBUTIONS ARE NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer at this time. My hope is that we can raise an amount to cover our basic expenses by September 21st, and then focus 100% of future efforts toward helping the handful of candidates who anticipate having close general elections.


Gary Hooser – http://www.garyhooser.com
Pono Hawaii Initiative https://ponohawaiiinitiative.org

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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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