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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)

On DINO’S and Deadlines

June 2 is the filing deadline for prospective candidates interested in running in the upcoming 2020 elections. Those who might be interested in entering the race for County Council, the State House of Representatives, or the State Senate – need … Continue reading

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Title: Legislature: Budget Work Is Only Half Of It

While Hawaii’s legislative leadership is crowing loudly about their proclivity in spending the COVID disaster money, balancing the state budget, and avoiding public worker layoffs and salary cuts – there is far too much still going undone. The 2020 legislature … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Conspiracy – Connecting the dots, or not

A friend recently posted concerns about her mother being in a nursing home where residents had tested positive for the virus. A commenter quickly chimed in: “They are doing it on purpose. Sending corona people to those homes.” That commenter, … Continue reading

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Hawaii’s legislative leaders need to step up, or step aside

Our economic house is on fire. Passing a handful of budget measures supporting shovel-ready construction projects is not enough. Borrowing money from the federal government to avoid public worker layoffs and pay cuts, while critically important, is still not enough. … Continue reading

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Putting policy, politics and a pandemic into perspective

There is nothing quite like taking a long walk on the beach to put life in perspective. While it’s far too easy sometimes to wallow in our misfortune, the truth is that many, if not most of us who live … Continue reading

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Tell Hawaii’s legislators that it’s time to go to work. Please take action TODAY and before May 4th if at all possible.

Aloha Friends, Please email key legislators TODAY, and let them know using your own words’: “Putting off the many critical issues facing Hawaii until 2021 will not serve us well. Please, reconvene the 2020 legislative session and extend into a … Continue reading

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The 2020 Hawaii State Legislature, must get back to work.

If sending flowers to mom is now considered an essential service, it would seem that it’s past time for the 2020 legislative session to likewise get back to doing “the people’s work”. God knows, there is plenty of work to … Continue reading

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Big Dog Politics & Post Pandemic Policy – Kauai Style

It was interesting to watch the recent mash-up between the big dogs – Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Senate President Kauai Senator Ronald Kouchi, Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami, and Lt. Governor Josh Green. The Honolulu Mayor suggested last week that Kauai … Continue reading

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Where I live there are rainbows, and we help each other

In March 2006, Nancy Arcayna wrote in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that every time Hector Venegas hears the song “Hawaiian Lullaby” he is reminded of his daughter, Krista. “The song evolved from the situation of my daughter’s life … her life-threatening … Continue reading

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Foresight, not hindsight should be our goal

2020 vision and decisive action by our state legislature is needed now more than ever. Hawaii cannot afford to wait until 2021. The State House and Senate have each convened a “Special Committee on COVID-19”. Ostensibly the mission and goal of each … Continue reading

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