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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)

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

Hawaii Congressman Ed Case is siding with the Republicans (IMHO) and Conservative Democrats attempting to sabotage the President’s $3.5 trillion social infrastructure plan – Please call Case today and ask him to help build the plan up rather than tear … Continue reading

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5 good reads – short, stimulating, and to some degree – unsettling

Today I’m sharing a handful of short “must reads” and encourage you to take a moment to review them when you can grab some quiet time. I found each provided me valuable insight into the four different subject matter pillars. … Continue reading

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Coco Palms: Time for permit revocation and demolition

29 years ago on September 11th 1992, hurricane ʻIniki, the most powerful storm to strike Hawaiʻi in recorded history demolished much of Kauaʻi, including that property formerly known as the Coco Palms Hotel. While the rest of us have rebuilt … Continue reading

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Need help with translation – techno/academic types need apply

Readers – I need some help. When you get a moment…are you able to read and translate the below? 😉 It’s not urgent at all…but I honestly don’t know what this guy is trying to tell me or sell me…it … Continue reading

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Title: Hating on each other is not helpful

It’s time to take a deep breath I think. Perhaps a second, and a third are also in order. I would suggest taking a “chill pill” but unfortunately too many are probably already headed down this path of self-medication. And … Continue reading

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Afghanistan – One thing you can do now to help

Urgent Call To Action: Please consider helping my daughter Kelli-Rose Hooser Simmons as she mobilizes community support to help Afghan refugee families currently arriving in Philadelphia en-route to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst where my son-in-law Justin, a Major in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Effort by Congressman Case and conservative faction in House fails – for now

Update on the current attempt by conservative members of Congress (including Hawaii Congressman Ed Case) to derail/slow/stop the expansion of affordable housing, health care, child and family support, and climate change mitigation. Recap: President Biden and the Democratic Majority in … Continue reading

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Urgent – Call Hawaii Congressman Ed Case today!

While many of us here in Hawaii are working hard to increase support and protections for working people and families, one of our only two members of the U.S. House of Representatives is fighting for the other side. Note to … Continue reading

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Learning from Afghanistan – pushing back against an expanding military presence in Hawaii and everywhere

The U.S. war in Afghanistan began on Oct. 7, 2001, with airstrikes against the terror group Al Qaida in retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks on the twin towers in New York City. That attack killed 2,976 American civilians.  Per the Associated … Continue reading

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Breaking: Census releases 2020 numbers by County – Potential impacts on legislative redistricting reviewed

Early speculation by most was predicting that Oahu would lose population and State House seats, and the neighbor-islands would gain them – however that may not be the case. The below are raw numbers that reflect zero shift of any … Continue reading

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