The Hawai’i Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (HCALG) is an alliance of organizations and citizens united in our commitment to prevent the introduction of legalized gambling into Hawai’i and educate the public about the detrimental effects of legalized gambling. Membership and supporters of the Coalition include civic, conservation, education, environment, law enforcement, political, public health, religious, senior citizen, small business, youth and other community organizations.
The Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling is a 501 (c) (3) non profit organization. As such, contributions to us are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Tribute to Senator Daniel Inouye
Senator Daniel Inouye was a gentleman and a statesman. For decades the people of Hawaii benefitted from his hard work and dedication. His commitment to the betterment of Hawaii was evident in his words and deeds.
Senator Inouye was strongly against the legalization of gambling in Hawaii, for a myriad of reasons. In a 2002 speech to government, business, and military leaders, he was quoted as saying, “The worst thing we could hope to do for the state of Hawaii is to have gaming here.”
The concerns he cited included the types of individuals who might come to gamble and the losses they could incur since the odds were not in their favor. Referring specifically to casinos, he talked about how the casino operator would profit but the state would not. The presence of legalized gambling, he felt, would hurt restaurants and other businesses.
He also understood that opening the door to one type of gambling meant that others would soon follow. Senator Inouye talked about higher crime rates, welfare dependence, and widespread social and economic problems in other cities with legalized gambling.
Senator Inouye’s comments and concerns about legalized gambling are as relevant today as they were in 2002. The Hawaii Coalition against Legalized Gambling is deeply grateful for his unwavering opposition to legalizing gambling on Hawaii. Mahalo, Daniel Inouye, and rest in peace. You are truly missed.
“In October 2011 The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii honored the Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling (HCALG) by presenting the organization with an award for “Facilitating Community Activism.” The HCALG thanks all our member organizations, other groups and individuals who have donated money and goods, testified at the Legislature in person or via e-mail, or who have otherwise supported the goal of keeping legalized gambling out of Hawaii, and the negative economic and social problems that accompany it: Mahalo for you help and to the Interfaith Alliance Hawaii for this recognition.”