Gary Hooser

Kauai Hawaii

About Gary Hooser


If this is your first visit and we have not yet met or worked together, I invite you to “join with me” in a united effort to make our world a better place.

I am based on the island of Kauai but travel frequently through-out the archipelago and beyond, working with a wide and diverse network of individuals and organizations who share a common focus of putting people and the environment over profits.

Prior to first entering politics in 1998 I owned and operated several small businesses and understand the value of entrepreneurship and the need to build and maintain a strong economic base.

However it has become increasingly clear in recent years that our world is dangerously out of balance and large corporate interests that put profits above all else are to blame.

Climate change, species depletion and massive environmental degradation of air, land and water is happening now, on our watch right before our eyes. The economic disparity that exists between the top 1% of the population and the bottom 99% is beyond the pale of simply sad and unjust.

My life and work is dedicated toward fighting back. I believe we can and we must continue to fight back and take back what is our birthright - a healthy planet and a just world.

We can win but each of us must do our part. Some can do the constant and sometimes brutal heavy lifting and some because of circumstances can help in smaller but important ways - together with all of us pitching in, we can win.

Hawaii can be a model for the change that is needed globally.

Please donate if you can, sign up for email alerts, and/or email me directly at

Gary Hooser
“El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!”

Note: I am President of the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) and Executive Director for the Pono Hawaii Initiative (P.H.I.) - Both play important but distinctly different roles in bringing forth positive change in Hawaii and both need your help and support.

H.A.P.A. is a 501c3 charitable educational and advocacy organization that is building strong networks among the environmental, economic and social justice communities through-out Hawaii and identifying and training new emerging political leadership via the Kuleana Academy. Financial contributions to H.A.P.A. are fully tax deductible.

P.H.I. is a 501c4 policy and political advocacy organization that aggressively promotes changes in public policy and is actively involved in changing the electoral landscape by identifying and endorsing progressive candidates for public office. Financial contributions to P.H.I. are not tax deductible.

Please donate if you can, sign up for email alerts, and/or email me directly at

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Gary Hooser: Bio

Gary Hooser

Gary Hooser is presently the volunteer executive director for the Pono Hawaii Initiative (PHI), and the volunteer board president for the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.).

Gary Hooser formerly represented Kauai and Niihau in the Hawaii State Senate where he served as Majority Leader, he also served for 8 years on the Kauai County Council and was Director of the Office of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii during the Abercrombie administration.

He is a graduate of Radford High School, the University of Hawaii (B.A. Public Administration) and Kauai Community College (A.A.).

Gary moved to Hawaii 1970 and then to Kauai in 1980. Prior to entering politics he owned and operated a residential real estate office as well as a small publishing company. He is married to Claudette, has two children (Dylan and Kelli-Rose), two grandchildren (Rixon and Isabella) and a dog named Max (Maximus Aurelius).

More: Gary Hooser's Wikipedia entry.


Your generous help and support is much needed and greatly appreciated. NOTE: Both of these organizations are a priority for me. Both are doing important valuable work but in different capacities (thus the need for two different organizations).

Hawai'i Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.)

The Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.)

Gary Hooser is the volunteer board president for H.A.P.A. The Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) is a public non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.HAPA was incorporated on March 31, 2014 in the State of Hawaiʻi.

Your tax-deductible contribution will help fund grassroots initiatives and activism across Hawai`i!

The Pono Hawaii Initiative (P.H.I.)

Gary Hooser is presently the volunteer executive director for P.H.I but may at some point in the future receive an income not to exceed minimum wage. 😉

PHI Vision: Empower people-driven political leadership to achieve economic, social, and environmental justice.

PHI Mission: Activate and mobilize communities to improve quality of life for the people of Hawaii through political action.

The Pono Hawaii Initiative is a 501(c)(4) entity and is required to clearly disclose to donors and potential donors that contributions are *not* deductible as charitable contributions. Contributions or gifts to Pono Hawaii Initiative are not deductible for Federal income tax purposes.

Contact Gary Hooser

Phone: 808-652-4279

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