The Election Season is Here

Happy Belated New Year. I hope 2018 has started off well.

You know it is an election year. I got my first election year email by getting this announcement from East Honolulu resident Natalie Iwasa, who is a community activist, mom and accountant with strong opinions on a number of local issues. Once again like in 2014, Ms. Iwasa is running for Honolulu City Council. She made that announcement with an email I received today. It reads as follows:

Aloha Friends,

Natalie Iwasa

Natalie Iwasa

If you are receiving this email, you supported me in my 2014 campaign and I wanted you to have this news before it goes public. Today, I am officially announcing that I am going to run again for City Council in 2018!

Our campaign will humbly begin with a plant sale/fundraiser and then build from there. I really hope that you, your family, and friends will drop by and say hello. Maybe pick up a new plant or two?

We are going to run different type of campaign in 2018, one that revolves around a community service instead of sign waving. That is why we are calling it “Community Changing.” Please watch for the announcements on email or Facebook and help us make Hawaii an even better place to live. While we doing that, I look forward to hearing what your issues and concerns are.

Mahalo nui loa for your continued support.

Natalie Iwasa
Friends of Natalie Iwasa for City Council

I’ve been acquainted with Natalie Iwasa from my days being connected to Small (Smart) Business Hawaii in the 1990s and 2000s. She is good with numbers and is passionate about the things she believes in. She was at one time opposed to the City’s $10 billion rail project but has since softened her approach by calling rail “a done deal”. I have trouble with that as well as her advocacy in legislating people out of their personal, motorized vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, etc).

In her latest run for City Council, she is not a candidate in a district in which I reside. If she is still in East Honolulu, then her opponent will be incumbent councilman Trevor Ozawa.

Good luck Natalie. If elected we’ll see how things go. I think you will be fairly responsive to the people in keeping on the straight and narrow while in government service.

Candidates can apply to run for elective office starting this coming Thursday, February 1. It will be an interesting election year (as it usually is) with major seats such as Governor, several State Senate positions and all House seats up for grabs in addition to City Council and other local races. The local race for U.S. Senate and Congress will be of some interest too, especially if the candidates are not the usual, predictable ones that come from the Democratic Party of Hawaii.

We’ll probably blog more about this over the coming weeks and months.

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The Hard Reality Of Honolulu Rail Costs – Honolulu Civil Beat

On the eve of a special legislative session, University of Hawaii Professor of Engineering Panos Prevedouros calls for a forensic audit of the gigantic and expensive rail mistake before more damage is done by taking the train to its current, intended end at Ala Moana Center.

Read the article on Honolulu Civil Beat:

Only a forensic audit can explain how an all-inclusive $4 billion cost for completing 16 miles and 14 stations has ballooned to more than $10 billion for 20 miles and 21 stations.

Source: The Hard Reality Of Honolulu Rail Costs – Honolulu Civil Beat

Big Ugly EXPENSIVE RailRail construction, last year, near Pearlridge Center.

Editor’s Note: I have been an opponent of rail for more than 30 years.

Welcome to The Hawaii Political Platter

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Is there a place for conservative policy in Hawaii? For more than 60 years now the State of Hawaii has been dominated by the Democratic Party. Over the past six decades the policies set forth by the Hawaii Democrat Party has pushed this state further and further into disrepair, economic stagnation, over development, wasteful government spending, more taxes, more cost, increasing homelessness, out of this world real estate and rental prices, over regulation, socialism, and much, much more. If something can go horribly wrong (rail) in Hawaii, it will.

Can the State of Hawaii ever recover from this? The only sure way is to kick all of the entrenched Democrats and left-leaning Republicans out of city, state and federal offices and start over again with a fresh new slate of people committed to freedom, liberty, capitalism and a Hawaii that we can afford to live and work in. Is that possible?

Probably not, but it is a worthy goal, no matter how difficult.

The purpose of this blog is to point out some of the most pressing issues that impact our social, cultural, educational and financial well being.

Posts appearing in this blog will generally be that of the author and comes from a conservative point of view. On occasion we may have guest opinions, press releases and news items cross posted from other websites. While the focus is on Hawaii government nd politics and items from the mainland United States and the rest of the world will occasionally show up here.

The blog will not be updated on a regular basis and at times may lay idle between posts.

We hope you find this blog to be interesting in the coming weeks and months.