Catching up…recent travels…a hard pivot to 2022

Yes, my bad. I have been extremely remiss in posting to this blog, and I have not sent out an email “thought-letter” recently either (it’s not a newsletter!) 😉

But…trust me…am getting back on track. My goal today is simply to reconnect and catch up a bit.

These past several weeks I have been consumed and somewhat overwhelmed with post-legislative session communications, tax and administrative catch-ups, and a long overdue trip to the continent to visit with my 89-year-old mother and dad, siblings, and extended family.

Like many, this was my first travel since March of 2020. A quality visit with family (utilizing appropriate safety and health precautions) was long overdue.

Mom and dad are doing well thank you. They are slowing down a bit, but overall doing well.

I am hopeful that the pandemic will continue winding down and in the near future, I will be able to resume frequent (and safe) travel to all islands. I truly miss the social interactions and meet-ups with small groups and old/new friends.

If you would like to meet up or perhaps put a small group together to “talk politics” – please let me know. I’m also open to presenting small group “advocacy and/or campaign workshops” if your organization or group is interested (free…because I love it and the more people that are informed the better our community will be).

But for now, it’s one day at a time with most work and communication being conducted via email, text, phone, and zoom 😉

My attention is increasingly turning towards the 2022 elections with a goal towards encouraging new candidates statewide who are electable, willing to do the work needed to get elected, have roots in the community, and who share our basic world view – putting people and the planet first.

The Primary Election is set for August of 2022 and early voting will begin only 13 short months from now. Serious candidates running serious campaigns must start stepping forward very soon.

Electing only a handful of new strong voices to the State House of Representatives could change the world as we know it here in Hawaii. Ditto to the various Council positions and the State Senate. We have good people who share our core values, now serving at all levels – we just need to help elect a few more to join them.

It is possible to create a tsunami of positive change at the ballot box in 2022. To get there will require all of us pulling together and helping those candidates that share our passion for environmental, economic, and social justice.

Best wishes to all. Please never hesitate to call or reach out should you have questions, ideas, or concerns. I have mostly caught up on past emails and follow-ups but if I have not responded to your’s for some reason – just call or text and I’ll get right back to you.


Gary Hooser


P.S. I welcome calls, texts, and or emails from prospective candidates and/or people who want to get involved in upcoming campaigns. Let’s talk!

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.) 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) - “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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