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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)

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

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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

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Money matters – Hawaii elections by the numbers

The latest fundraising numbers posted by the Campaign Spending Commission tell an interesting story, both locally and state-wide. The first big question I have is: What is Senator Donovan Dela Cruz running for? Will it be Governor (my guess) or … Continue reading

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The quiet unassuming grip of systemic racism

As a white male, I am compelled to speak out in opposition to the confirmation of Mr. Dan Gluck to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, and in support of a court that represents the diversity that defines our community. Decision-making … Continue reading

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United in pursuit of a vision – Kauaʻi stands ready

The auction of the Coco Palms Hotel held this past Monday at noon on the courthouse steps, was at best, anti-climatic. The bottom line is that the “bank/lender” took back the property from the prior would-be developers who owed them the money … Continue reading

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Auction Day Arrives Tomorrow, July 26th, as Community Unites In Support of Wailuanuiahoʻāno

In less than 15 days over 10% of Kauaʻi residents have signed a petition opposing new resort development at the site of the former Coco Palms Hotel.  Please sign the petition today and help push the numbers to the highest … Continue reading

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Unpacking the 2022 Hawaii Reapportionment/Redistricting Discussion

Summary description of the process Based on most recent census determination of total permanent residents for the entire state and then broken down by County For example in 2011 the total population of Hawaii was determined to be: 1,251,534 Oahu … Continue reading

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Back from limbo and Coco Palms – Wailua Nui

Seems like my writing has been in limbo during the past few months. While previously my The Garden Island (TGI) column was weekly, it is now just once per month (first Wednesday). This is good news and bad news. The … Continue reading

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Women in politics – we need more of them

At the risk of entering the volatile realm of so-called “identity politics,” here goes an old white guy diving deep into it… What percentage of Hawaii lawmakers at the State and County level are women? The below information details the … Continue reading

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Catching up…recent travels…a hard pivot to 2022

Yes, my bad. I have been extremely remiss in posting to this blog, and I have not sent out an email “thought-letter” recently either (it’s not a newsletter!) 😉 But…trust me…am getting back on track. My goal today is simply … Continue reading

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