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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)

A Most Audacious Move – 

In politics, audacity is not a characteristic that many politicians are known for, especially during an election year.  The award for the most audacious politician in Hawaii for the year 2018, certainly must go to Kauai Councilmember Ross Kagawa. Councilmember … Continue reading

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Four Steps For Change: Legislative, Electoral, Judicial and Grassroots

Aloha, Like you, I care deeply about the problems and challenges facing us here in Hawaii, my home and the birthplace of my children and grandchildren. There are many pathways to effect change but the lens of advocacy through which … Continue reading

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The Quisling’s of Wailuku

Four years ago the elected leadership of Maui County, betrayed the people of Maui. Betrayal is a strong word, but after much reflection I do not hesitate to use it. Many thanks to the Maui Independent for the excellent article … Continue reading

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“The strange and tortuous path of the education Con Am” – for legislative nerds and policy wonks only – 

The Con Am as we now know it, was born on January 24, 2018 as SB2922 with the primary introducer being Senator Michelle Kidani, Vice President of the Senate and Chair of the Senate Education Committee.   After months of … Continue reading

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Indulge for a moment, a rant on the topic of voting.

Voting is such a boring topic so I figure a rant is in order. People that already vote, will yawn and say “been there done that…move along…I’ve done my part and now I can get back to working in the … Continue reading

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Funding Public Education – The art of kicking the can down the road

Watching and listening to various individuals and organizations beating up on public school teachers and their effort to increase funding for public education is disheartening. Every single opponent leads with, “I support public education and teachers but…(fill in the reason … Continue reading

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Who and what am I voting for or against? A look at my Kauai general election ballot choices.

In response to several requests that have come via text, email and FaceBook, I have summarized below how I intend to vote on the various items contained on the General Election Ballot.  Though this is a Kauai specific list…several of … Continue reading

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