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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 now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am also currently the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In a 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 web site 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)

Be there Sep. 20th – Climate change is real

Please join me, and a whole lot of other people from across the planet – Friday, September 20th (see details at bottom) – Help send a message to policymakers and government leaders everywhere and tell them: CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL, … Continue reading

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The Mauna is sacred. Say the words.

The righteous indignation being spouted by TMT supporters, about following “the rule of law”, is ridiculous. Gag me with a fork. The state and in fact all government entities exercise discretion on which laws they enforce, every single day of … Continue reading

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Corporatists masquerading as Democrats, attempting to cloak themselves as Centrists

It’s not an exaggeration to say 2020 will be, and in fact, must be – a pivotal year of change. The Amazon burns, we keep children in cages along our borders, mass shootings are commonplace, the rich keep getting richer … Continue reading

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Key Questions Every Candidate Must Answer

So you are thinking about running for election to public office?  Why?  This is the most important question a candidate must answer, and it will be asked over and over again throughout the campaign.  Hint – The answer is not to fix … Continue reading

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The self full-filling prophecy of political apathy.

To all the complainers out there who moan and groan about politics and politicians, I say shut the front door or get involved and do something about it. Let’s face facts. The majority rules. Whether it is the County Council, … Continue reading

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Time to say thanks to the governor 

Full disclosure – I served for 8 years (2002 – 2010) in the Hawaii State Senate with then State Senator and now Governor David Ige. We were members of the same Senate “faction” – “The Chess Club”. While not close … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s government leaders must rise to the occasion.

Governor David Ige is between that proverbial rock and a very, very, very hard place.  The situation seems intractable, but it is not. There is a path forward. Attempting to arrest and detain 2,000 people is I would hope, not … Continue reading

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