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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 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)

My rant on the fundamental political question

Bob Dylan sang that regardless of your station in life, “You gotta serve somebody…” My question today of those who serve in public office, who aspire to future election, or who serve now in other positions of public trust – … Continue reading

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Title: Dr. Green Becomes Governor Green – First Steps

Governor-elect Dr. Josh Green will be sworn into office at 12 noon Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. I wish him well. It’s no secret that my enthusiastic support in the gubernatorial race was behind … Continue reading

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Hawaiʻi Policy & Politics – Swearing an oath is not enough

Soon, our elected leaders will be raising their right hands to swear an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, the State Constitution, and the County Charter. We should insist our elected leaders actually follow through with that commitment and that … Continue reading

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Time sensitive and overdue

I’m thankful that you take the time to click on my blog and open and read my email. Seriously, the fact that you’re taking the time to read what I write, is for me hugely motivating – it makes me … Continue reading

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Same Day Voters Choose Aiona/Tupa’i

Kauai County gets bragging rights with the highest voter turn-out of all counties with 51% of registered voters, actually casting their vote. Hawaii County was second with 49.3%, Honolulu third with 48.9%, and Maui was last at 45.7%. Actually, Kauai … Continue reading

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Hawaiʻi Policy & Politics: We need changemakers, not placeholders.

What do we want those we just elected or re-elected to actually do during the coming year? Personally, I’m looking for changemakers, not just placeholders. Yes, balancing the budget is important but there’s an algorithm for that. We need more … Continue reading

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11/14/22 – Maui Election Alert!

Maui Election Alert! Action needed today 11/14/22 Apparently, over 900 Maui ballots have signature issues or were otherwise rejected. Noe Ahia (Wailuku) who is key to maintaining a progressive majority is down by just 504 votes! Please take action now … Continue reading

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Post election debrief from Pono Hawaiʻi Initiative, “So how did we do?”

For those that value putting people and the planet ahead of profits – I’m calling it a win. While the national results remain close, it’s clear from a “blue perspective” that we did much better than was being projected almost … Continue reading

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The Hawaiʻi election is pau, but the work continues

Regardless of the final outcomes of the 2022 elections, the real work and the real leadership necessary to improve lives and save our planet – will come only from the electorate and not the elected. Only through the active engagement … Continue reading

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Breaking: Development interests attempting take over of Maui Council

This morning KGMB Hawaii News Now is reporting that big development interests, fueled by millions of dollars of outside money are literally trying to take out and take over the Maui County Council. The breaking news story is here on … Continue reading

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