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Nearly 500 Attend Rep. Gabbard’s Kona Town Hall Meeting

Posted April 12, 2017, 07:46 AM HST
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View the video below to hear her comments on education budget cuts and Trump’s “recklessly launched  military strike.”

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona last night, Tuesday, April 11, when nearly 500 residents of West Hawaiʻi packed the Kealakehe Intermediate School cafeteria to hear from their congresswoman and discuss issues affecting Hawaiʻi, the country and the world.

More than 30,000 viewers tuned in via Facebook Live for the first of seven town hall meeting that Rep. Gabbard is hosting during the April District Work Period throughout the state.

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Rep. Gabbard spoke about her work in Congress and the bills she’s introduced and cosponsored that affect Hawaiʻi communities, including legislation to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue fever and to combat invasive species like the coffee berry borer, macadamia felted coccid, albizia trees, coconut rhinoceros beetle, little fire ants and the fungus that causes rapid ohia death.

She also highlighted her bills to support local farmers, small businesses, the agriculture industry and sustainability efforts.

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    The congresswoman spent the majority of the meeting answering questions from the audience on topics including ending the counterproductive regime change war in Syria, defeating terrorist groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, President Donal Trump’s recent attack on Syria, federal spending, civil liberties, healthcare, education, military issues and veteran services.

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard kicked off her statewide Town Hall Tour in Kona on Tuesday, April 11.

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    Francis Chong America should stop self-appointing itself as a International Policeman of the World. Let's take care of home and ourselves first. The rest of the World will take care of itself. And let's talk more of PEACE and less of wars.April 12, 2017 07:56am
    Byron Matthews Some would argue that flying to Syria and spending time with a genocidal dictator is recklessApril 12, 2017 08:07am
    Sharon Kuhn It's nice to hear a well spoken intelligent politician that is actually paying attention. ✊🏼👍🏼😊April 12, 2017 08:12am
    Dawn Eicher I hope she makes an impact on everything she discussed. Thank you, Tulsi, for proudly standing up for Hawaii and our nation.April 12, 2017 08:38am
    Terry Lewis yeah since it's so much better to wage war than try for peace. smhApril 12, 2017 08:51am
    Byron Matthews Try for peace? Do you really think Tulsi flying there was going to convince him to not commit mass murder of his people?April 12, 2017 08:55am
    Byron Matthews I guess Trump could try Obama's approach and draw red lines he isn't going to enforce.April 12, 2017 09:14am
    Sharon Kuhn Yes I believe her intentions for going to Syria were well intended and thought out. How bizarre that you question her intentions, yet seem to fully support the orange idiot.April 12, 2017 09:15am
    Byron Matthews No one questioned her intentions, I don't give a damn about intentions, it's the practical result that matters. You're damn right I support Trump, he's the president of the United States.April 12, 2017 09:18am
    Jeff Walsma Everyone and everything is a conspiracy theory with her unless it's a Democrat doing it then it's ok . Go figureApril 12, 2017 09:20am
    Jeff Walsma Bla, bla bla bla bla, u had 8 freaking years to take care of this situation and all you did is leave it so someone else would clean up Your Mess. Thanks GabberdApril 12, 2017 09:46am
    Joyce Louden I watched on Face Book live, it was awesome not to have to drive 100 miles round trip.April 12, 2017 09:57am
    Bob Wolfe I believe in "Peace through strength" Trump inforced obama's failed "Red Line" policy.April 12, 2017 10:06am
    Bob Wolfe If you disagree - Do you really think we should sit back on our hands and do nothing (like the last 8 years) when someone is gasing children?April 12, 2017 10:08am
    Sharon Kuhn This just isn't true.April 12, 2017 10:20am
    Les Miller Oxymoron: intelligent politicianApril 12, 2017 10:21am
    Sharon Kuhn Les Miller LOL that's an old joke... my gramps used to say that. But we both know it's just joke and that politicians can be intelligent.April 12, 2017 10:40am
    Jeff Walsma Yes it isApril 12, 2017 10:54am
    Jeff Walsma I have recovered video saying so . She lies just like ALL Political hacks lie factApril 12, 2017 10:55am
    Ellen Abrams I watched from Kauai on FB :) Grt ya! We await our Congresswoman at Kauai Town Hall Apr 19April 12, 2017 11:12am
    Sharon Kuhn Jeff Photos please post your evidence.April 12, 2017 11:13am
    Ellen Abrams We get the real news from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Not the fake news propaganda thats so Con-fusing!April 12, 2017 11:14am
    Mark Boyle Fuck this dumb bitch libbritard, she's a fucking retardApril 12, 2017 11:20am
    Sharon Kuhn Why did I bother to ask... LOL Just realized you are a trump trollApril 12, 2017 11:22am
    Ric E Reed Bitch should be thrown off the islands......April 12, 2017 11:34am
    Dan McKee Just so happens, the orange idiot went and defended innocent civilians. Obama did nothing!!! Tulsi is on the Obama plan. Talk is cheap, Trump put his money where his mouth is. Hopefully we won't see suffering on our tvs now. If we do, I'm sure he will give him what he has coming.April 12, 2017 11:36am
    Jen Henderson So thankful she's our rep! Shining light in all the dark corners of corrupt Washington politics.April 12, 2017 02:05pm
    Ellen Abrams Well said as always Kauai Ssiter GF Roomy ;)April 12, 2017 04:14pm
    Ellen Abrams Yes Plse post your evidence since Tulsi is one of the very few political servants who Can be trusted. 87% of Hawaii voted for her and we depend on her for the truth, she bravely tells even when huge political heat is on her for Truths. Mahalo Tulsi U R The Real Deal So many of us see you clearly Soldier & CongressWoman!April 12, 2017 04:19pm
    Michael Kirby The military strike was no reckless. You can't negotiate with terrorists.April 12, 2017 04:19pm
    Michael Kirby Well what do you expect when you're the best in the world! Somebody has to do it!April 12, 2017 04:20pm
    Francis Chong Michael Kirby, the best in the World?? Then how come they lost on the wars.April 12, 2017 05:25pm
    Jeff Walsma Ya know you never here such crap from the Republicans. I didn't support either one but it seems to me all the democrats can do is keep making false statements up and twisting the truth to make it sound like their right. They just can't get over the fact that they lost YOU LOST PERIOD! Most democrats didn't even vote and you asked why HILARY BROKE THE LAW and thought she was better than the average American. Every woman I know is a democrat was discussed with her. Again. NOBODY VOTED ! If they would have maybe you wouldn't be crying. Quite frankly u democrats better start paying ATTENTION to the average LOW WAGE WORKER because guess what TATTS WHO WON THE ELECTION for Trump. Not the high and wealthy in which she is. I hate both parties because of what they did the last 30 years and if we don't smarten up we will have more of the same. We are all AMERICAN AND WE DESERVE BETTER FROM BOTH PARTIES NOT JUST ONE.April 12, 2017 06:52pm
    Jeff Walsma Just so you know I love hawaii and it's people's. The only place in the USA we have not trashed. The people are great and the atmosphere fantastic.April 12, 2017 06:58pm
    Ann T. Beck Thank you Rep. Gabbard for doing a great job!April 12, 2017 06:59pm
    Christopher A White Good on you, Tulsi. But watch out, your own party is after your hide because you don't accept groupthink and herd mentality.April 13, 2017 04:04am
    Sharie Potter You guys either forget, or just don't care to know, that President Obama did want to do something, but congress voted no. Trump didn't even bother to go through congress which is illegal. I agree something should have been done the first time, but you're blaming the wrong guy and Trump put no thought into it at all. He didn't think about repercussions, national security etc... he just wanted to pull a trigger and look tough.April 13, 2017 01:33pm
    Sharie Potter Dan McKee no we'll be seeing our own suffering on TV. Just wait.April 13, 2017 01:34pm
    Sharie Potter Sharon Kuhn I love your gecko picture! That's adorable!April 13, 2017 02:54pm
    Francis Chong America should stop self-appointing itself as a International Policeman of the World. Let's take care of home and ourselves first. The rest of the World will take care of itself. And let's talk more of PEACE and less of wars.April 12, 2017 07:56am
    Byron Matthews Some would argue that flying to Syria and spending time with a genocidal dictator is recklessApril 12, 2017 08:07am
    Sharon Kuhn It's nice to hear a well spoken intelligent politician that is actually paying attention. ✊🏼👍🏼😊April 12, 2017 08:12am
    Dawn Eicher I hope she makes an impact on everything she discussed. Thank you, Tulsi, for proudly standing up for Hawaii and our nation.April 12, 2017 08:38am
    Terry Lewis yeah since it's so much better to wage war than try for peace. smhApril 12, 2017 08:51am
    Byron Matthews Try for peace? Do you really think Tulsi flying there was going to convince him to not commit mass murder of his people?April 12, 2017 08:55am
    Byron Matthews I guess Trump could try Obama's approach and draw red lines he isn't going to enforce.April 12, 2017 09:14am
    Sharon Kuhn Yes I believe her intentions for going to Syria were well intended and thought out. How bizarre that you question her intentions, yet seem to fully support the orange idiot.April 12, 2017 09:15am
    Byron Matthews No one questioned her intentions, I don't give a damn about intentions, it's the practical result that matters. You're damn right I support Trump, he's the president of the United States.April 12, 2017 09:18am
    Jeff Walsma Everyone and everything is a conspiracy theory with her unless it's a Democrat doing it then it's ok . Go figureApril 12, 2017 09:20am
    Jeff Walsma Bla, bla bla bla bla, u had 8 freaking years to take care of this situation and all you did is leave it so someone else would clean up Your Mess. Thanks GabberdApril 12, 2017 09:46am
    Joyce Louden I watched on Face Book live, it was awesome not to have to drive 100 miles round trip.April 12, 2017 09:57am
    Bob Wolfe I believe in "Peace through strength" Trump inforced obama's failed "Red Line" policy.April 12, 2017 10:06am
    Bob Wolfe If you disagree - Do you really think we should sit back on our hands and do nothing (like the last 8 years) when someone is gasing children?April 12, 2017 10:08am
    Sharon Kuhn This just isn't true.April 12, 2017 10:20am
    Les Miller Oxymoron: intelligent politicianApril 12, 2017 10:21am
    Sharon Kuhn Les Miller LOL that's an old joke... my gramps used to say that. But we both know it's just joke and that politicians can be intelligent.April 12, 2017 10:40am
    Jeff Walsma Yes it isApril 12, 2017 10:54am
    Jeff Walsma I have recovered video saying so . She lies just like ALL Political hacks lie factApril 12, 2017 10:55am
    Ellen Abrams I watched from Kauai on FB :) Grt ya! We await our Congresswoman at Kauai Town Hall Apr 19April 12, 2017 11:12am
    Sharon Kuhn Jeff Photos please post your evidence.April 12, 2017 11:13am
    Ellen Abrams We get the real news from Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Not the fake news propaganda thats so Con-fusing!April 12, 2017 11:14am
    Mark Boyle Fuck this dumb bitch libbritard, she's a fucking retardApril 12, 2017 11:20am
    Sharon Kuhn Why did I bother to ask... LOL Just realized you are a trump trollApril 12, 2017 11:22am
    Ric E Reed Bitch should be thrown off the islands......April 12, 2017 11:34am
    Dan McKee Just so happens, the orange idiot went and defended innocent civilians. Obama did nothing!!! Tulsi is on the Obama plan. Talk is cheap, Trump put his money where his mouth is. Hopefully we won't see suffering on our tvs now. If we do, I'm sure he will give him what he has coming.April 12, 2017 11:36am
    Jen Henderson So thankful she's our rep! Shining light in all the dark corners of corrupt Washington politics.April 12, 2017 02:05pm
    Ellen Abrams Well said as always Kauai Ssiter GF Roomy ;)April 12, 2017 04:14pm
    Ellen Abrams Yes Plse post your evidence since Tulsi is one of the very few political servants who Can be trusted. 87% of Hawaii voted for her and we depend on her for the truth, she bravely tells even when huge political heat is on her for Truths. Mahalo Tulsi U R The Real Deal So many of us see you clearly Soldier & CongressWoman!April 12, 2017 04:19pm
    Michael Kirby The military strike was no reckless. You can't negotiate with terrorists.April 12, 2017 04:19pm
    Michael Kirby Well what do you expect when you're the best in the world! Somebody has to do it!April 12, 2017 04:20pm
    Francis Chong Michael Kirby, the best in the World?? Then how come they lost on the wars.April 12, 2017 05:25pm
    Jeff Walsma Ya know you never here such crap from the Republicans. I didn't support either one but it seems to me all the democrats can do is keep making false statements up and twisting the truth to make it sound like their right. They just can't get over the fact that they lost YOU LOST PERIOD! Most democrats didn't even vote and you asked why HILARY BROKE THE LAW and thought she was better than the average American. Every woman I know is a democrat was discussed with her. Again. NOBODY VOTED ! If they would have maybe you wouldn't be crying. Quite frankly u democrats better start paying ATTENTION to the average LOW WAGE WORKER because guess what TATTS WHO WON THE ELECTION for Trump. Not the high and wealthy in which she is. I hate both parties because of what they did the last 30 years and if we don't smarten up we will have more of the same. We are all AMERICAN AND WE DESERVE BETTER FROM BOTH PARTIES NOT JUST ONE.April 12, 2017 06:52pm
    Jeff Walsma Just so you know I love hawaii and it's people's. The only place in the USA we have not trashed. The people are great and the atmosphere fantastic.April 12, 2017 06:58pm
    Ann T. Beck Thank you Rep. Gabbard for doing a great job!April 12, 2017 06:59pm
    Christopher A White Good on you, Tulsi. But watch out, your own party is after your hide because you don't accept groupthink and herd mentality.April 13, 2017 04:04am
    Sharie Potter You guys either forget, or just don't care to know, that President Obama did want to do something, but congress voted no. Trump didn't even bother to go through congress which is illegal. I agree something should have been done the first time, but you're blaming the wrong guy and Trump put no thought into it at all. He didn't think about repercussions, national security etc... he just wanted to pull a trigger and look tough.April 13, 2017 01:33pm
    Sharie Potter Dan McKee no we'll be seeing our own suffering on TV. Just wait.April 13, 2017 01:34pm
    Sharie Potter Sharon Kuhn I love your gecko picture! That's adorable!April 13, 2017 02:54pm
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