Hawaii had a record voter turnout during the primary election of August 8th, 2020 with 51.2% of registered voters actually casting a vote. In the 2018 primary election the number was 38.6%. For Kauai County the numbers were 49.7% and 43.3%, respectively.
We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and our economy is on the edge of collapse. Sparked by violent acts of racial injustice and fueled by the ever increasing economic disparity between the 1% and everybody else, people across the United States and around the world are gathering and marching by the tens of thousands.
We are living in extraordinary times with great uncertainty on the horizon. Fortunately, our home is on the most isolated island of the most isolated island chain in the middle of the Pacific ocean.
The affordable housing conversation happening now at the County Council is an interesting one. As is the case for most complex “omnibus” type legislative proposals, there are both good and bad changes being proposed, depending on your perspective.
We are going to need everybody to help these next few days - everyone.
There are good people and there are good candidates. But the two are not always in alignment, none are without flaws and all have strengths and weaknesses. An individual could be in many ways a wonderful person, but a terrible candidate. The reverse is also of course true.
Making it easier for developers and landowners to make more money by eliminating their requirement to provide affordable housing, is in my opinion bad public policy.
“So are you saying that 90% of the state House incumbents basically suck?” This question was received in response to a recent blog post at garyhooser.blog.
Imagine for a second or a minute, or perhaps for a day or a month - that you were in control. Instead of watching helplessly as your life and the world flew by, imagine if you could actually make a difference in the outcomes. Now imagine how silly, how dumb and how regretful you will feel when you realize, possibly too late that it is true.
After watching the recent online council forum, it is clear that electing Kaua‘i councilmembers by district is a change that is long overdue.
In only 60 days the 2020 primary election will essentially be over. Ballots will be mailed out on or about July 22, and most of the voting will occur in the following 10 days. All ballots must be received by Aug. 8. Important: Ballots must be received by Aug. 8 and not mailed by Aug. 8.
While Hawai‘i’s legislative leadership is crowing loudly about their proclivity in spending the COVID-19 disaster money, balancing the state budget and avoiding public-worker layoffs and salary cuts, there is far too much still going undone.
There is nothing quite like taking a long walk on the beach to put life in perspective.
In March 2006, Nancy Arcayna wrote in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that every time Hector Venegas hears the song “Hawaiian Lullaby” he is reminded of his daughter, Krista.