LIHUE — Scott Oakley said he wants to know what Councilman Gary Hooser is going to do about traffic on Kauai and what’s going to happen with Coco Palms.
“I have to make that corner and pass that building every day,” the Waimea man said. “When is it going to be torn down?”
And that’s exactly what Hooser said he wanted to hear at his re-election campaign kick-off party Tuesday night at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall.
The event boasted food and drinks, as well as time to talk story before Hooser addressed the audience, around 100 people strong.
“This is a chance for me to meet old and new friends and it allows me to listen to the community and for the community to hear from me,” Hooser said.
He explained that he’s been circulating around the island, hosting coffee hours where he’s been hearing what people have to say.
“This is really just an extension of those coffee hours,” Hooser said. “It’s really all about staying connected to the community.”
One of those old friends who attended Tuesday’s shindig was Valerie Saiki, who said she’s been a family friend for years.
“Gary really supports the things that I support, though, like the environment and health,” Saiki said. “And tobacco, that’s a big one for me, I’m not for tobacco.”
Alan Gevins said he’s been a long-time supporter of Hooser as well.
“I think he’s a voice of clarity and honesty,” Gevins said.
Dale Rosenfeld, from Wailua, said she’s supporting Hooser because he is a voice for the environment.
“We need him in there fighting for us,” Rosenfeld said.
Hooser said he’s glad to be campaigning for re-election to the county council seat.
“I’m looking forward to campaigning around the community,” he said.
Hooser who was re-elected in 2014, will be seeking another two-year term on the seven-member council in November.