My Top Ten 2021 Blog Posts – musings elaborated and quantified

One of my top goals for 2022 is to write more. Perhaps I will start that book. There is no shortage of topics, both real and imagined 😉

My intention for the moment is that the Hooser Blog will be a general repository for the various columns and missives I write (and occasionally for the writing of others). However achieving this goal gets complicated as most major media such as Civil Beat, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and all national publications – require “exclusivity” which sometimes precludes them from being duplicated in blogs, etc. I also write a weekly column on Wednesdays for The Garden Island newspaper, and sometimes I repost those columns here in the blog and other times neglect to do so. My bad.

On top of it all – Hawaii Policy and Politics – the email “newsletter” (I hate the term and it’s not really a newsletter) that I send out regularly also occasionally contains stuff that I fail to repost here on the blog. Most are reposted, but not all. I will try to be better in the future! But if you want it all and you want it on time, the best way to make that happen is to “opt-in” to my regular email at

Top Ten Hooser Blog Posts of 2021 (according to number of viewers)

1) If you live on a neighbor island, HB1286 will impact you and the health of your island. (effort by House Speaker Scott Saiki to take away County authority.)

2) The Political Power You Don’t Know You Have

3) E Pluribus Unum by Glenn Shockley – gh note – a good and thoughtful read. I encourage all to take the time to do so.

4) The quiet unassuming grip of systemic racism

5) Blowing Smoke On Cannabis Legalization – Pulling back the curtain on SB767

6) The Hawaii Case Against President Biden’s “Build Back Better Agenda”

7) Legislative Updates: Cannabis, Criminal Justice, Food/Farms, Reproductive Rights

8) Hawaii Policy and Politics – an email list with an attitude.

9) House subterfuge attempts to block County Covid rules (another attempt to subvert County authority by House Leadership)

10) The Myth of Democrats Controlling Politics and Government in Hawaii

*** Best read ever with 5,005 views is The Mauna is sacred. Say the words. published in September of 2019

Additional writings published elsewhere and never posted here on the blog are below:

HOOSER: Sometimes leading means stepping back TGI – Dec. 22, 2021

HOOSER: 10 things to do in 2022 TGI Dec. 15, 2021

HOOSER: Understanding and reading between the lines TGI Dec. 08, 2021

Hooser: Making democracy work – We need you in 2022 TGI Dec. 01, 2021

HOOSER: Bill No. 2491, 8 years later TGI Nov. 24, 2021

Five Ways To Make The Hawaii Legislature More Accountable Civil Beat (a must-read for those serious about understanding and working within the current legislative process)

9 other pieces published during the past 2 years in Civil Beat

My hope is that you have enjoyed and benefited from some of my words and thoughts. If so, please share them with friends and family and encourage others to opt-in at

Happy New Year!
Gary Hooser

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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