Author Archives: garyhooser

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)

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Maui Money Report – Senate, House, Mayor, Council

All of the below Maui seats are up for election in 2022. Below information is from the August 2, 2021 Campaign Spending Reports and indicates the “surplus” of funds each incumbent had in their campaign bank account. Extensive additional detail … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Vaccination, Politics, Health & Individual Choice

We must keep our eye on the prize. The COVID pandemic is real and will not end until we are united in our action to end it. We must beat this thing and we must pull together to make that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments

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

I’m asking today that you consider “opting-in” to my email list – Hawaii Policy & Politics at – It’s free, it’s easy, and it’s secure. And I promise not to deluge you with meaningless pap. I will however send … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Which Hawaii State Senators will receive two year terms in 2022?

Attention political operatives: If you believe my below assumptions are incorrect, please let me know asap. But I believe, I’ve figured out who will get those pesky two year terms. This potentially could impact which State Senators decide to retire…or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment