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The realities of council service

People are often curious about the reality of serving as a member of the Kauai County Council. How much time does it take to do the work? How much does it pay? Do you really have to give up your private life in order to serve? Do you have to quit your existing employment to serve on the council? Is it really a “thankless job”?

2018 legislative session – a citizens’ primer

The chaotic nature of the law-making process at the state level is a given. Literally thousands of proposed laws (bills) are introduced, hundreds of hearings are held, thousands of pieces of testimony are submitted and, ultimately, several hundred bills are passed into law.

Ending term limits is a bad idea

Kauai County Councilmember Ross Kagawa’s proposal to eliminate term limits for councilmembers is a surprising and somewhat audacious move, especially since he would likely personally benefit if it were to pass.

Hawaii – Geneva of the Pacific?

Providing leadership and support for a strong and conscientious movement toward global peace and the dismantling of all nuclear weaponry must be Hawaii’s response to the events of this past Saturday morning.

A practical guide to problem-solving at county level

Problem-solving and decision-making by elected bodies can be complex, convoluted and, to some, a veritable conundrum. Needless to say, in a political environment, the dynamics and pressures inhibiting the introduction of new, out-of-the-box solutions are significant.