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About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) 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. “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)

Reflections on the Mauna

Friends and fellow HAPA Board Members Walter Ritte and Kaleikoa Ka‘eo – Chained to a cattle grate for 11 hours to protect the Mauna. *photographer unknown How did we get to a place where hundreds of Hawai‘i police officers dressed in full riot gear … Continue reading

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Kauai’s west side deserves better.  We all deserve better.

Every single day of the week, the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) dumps millions of gallons of water polluted with pesticides and heavy metals into the ocean in areas where Kauai’s west side residents fish, surf and recreate with their families. … Continue reading

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Huge news for Kauai’s west side waters – chemical companies take another hit.  

FEDERAL JUDGE FINDS HAWAI‘I AGRIBUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (ADC) IS UNLAWFULLY CONTAMINATING KAUAʻI’S SHORES Click here to read the courts decision: Hawai‘i’s Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) has violated the federal Clean Water Act  Community groups Na Kia‘i Kai, Surfrider Foundation, and … Continue reading

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Economic Justice – In defense of the invisible

When bills are introduced to protect dolphins, whales, bees or birds – it is a given that the chamber will be full of testifiers. Likewise, if there is a measure before any legislative body that purports to regulate fishing, or … Continue reading

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Hawaii GMO industry footprint shrinks by 50%, plus DOE bans herbicides in all Hawaii public schools –

What if I told you that the application of restricted use pesticides in Hawaii by the largest chemical companies in the world – has been cut by half over the past 7 years? What if I told you that the Department … Continue reading

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Marriage Equality – Pride Parades and Legacy Votes

The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June … Continue reading

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Elements of a campaign: Votes – Money -Team

The 2020 primary election is on August 8, 2020. Next week Thursday the first presidential debates will be held. In June of 2020 the first “absentee ballots” will be mailed out.   For the first time in our history, every … Continue reading

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