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2 – 55 second audio messages on increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage. . Listen, take action and share!

Please listen to these two 55 second audio messages on increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage, and then take action! Pass HB1191 today and put Hawaii workers on a path to a living wage Nearly 50% of Hawaii residents live either in, … Continue reading

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Lowering the cost of living & supporting agriculture – a twofer

Politicians and lawmakers often lay the blame for their perceived impotence on the nature of dealing with “complex issues and intractable challenges”. This is kind of true, but not really. Many if not most of our state’s most serious challenges, … Continue reading

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Food Fight – The battle to preserve brand integrity

Recently, the Kona Coffee Farmers Association (KCFA) approached me about helping them with legislative advocacy. The core issue is one of preserving “brand integrity” which is hugely important to all agricultural products grown in Hawaii – so naturally, I said … Continue reading

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Title: A non-political Thanksgiving message

Believe it or not, a non-political Thanksgiving message is indeed possible and especially needed today, and in these times. While it sometimes feels as if we are surrounded by pain, tragedy, and sorrow, it is essential that we take a … Continue reading

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Increasing Hawaii’s Minimum Wage – It’s the right thing to do

During the 2019 Legislative Session, residents from across Hawaii engaged the legislative process, debating the question of whether or not to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage. Many, already struggling to make ends meet took off from work, arranged childcare and traveled … Continue reading

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Food/Farm Policy, Hawaii Style

According to numerous reports Hawaii imports about 90% of its food and exports approximately $3 billion a year paying for it.  All will agree I hope, that reversing this statistic so that 90% of our food is grown in Hawaii, … Continue reading

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Hawaii County Proposal To Ban Synthetic Herbicides – Bill 101 courtesy of Blake Watson

It’s been a long journey, but it looks like we are almost done passing a bill to ban the County’s usage of synthetic herbicides, Bill 101. The final hearing is set for 9am on November 20th and is being held … Continue reading

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