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Choon James

Choon James is a licensed real estate broker in Hawaii and has a B.A. in English and TESL as a minor from Brigham Young University - Hawaii. She's the proud mother of 4 Eagle Scouts and one daughter.

Choon is originally from Singapore. She comes from a family of ten children. Her mother was the second of her father's three wives. In the Chua household, they have Methodists, Catholics, Buddhists, Mormons, atheist and Taoist believers.

"We're fortunate to grow up with diversity. My father’s best friend, Chandra, was a Hindu Indian who spoke Hokkien. My best childhood friends at school were Malay Muslims. We learned to focus on the merits and content very quickly and forget about the superficial exteriors.

Like many in Hawaii, our immediate household is quite chop-suey as well. My husband is a Caucasian born in North Dakota and grew up in Massachusetts. In our immediate household, English, Mandarin, Fijian, Japanese, Hawaiian, Tahitian, French, and Spanish can be spoken.

We love Hawaii. Its diversity and aloha represent the best in all of us!

Choon's past and present civic involvement includes the following:

Defend Oahu Coalition - Founding member for Grassroots for smart planning
Save Oahu Farmlands - Founding member
Ko'olauloa Sustainable Communities Planning Advisory Committee
Kahuku Hospital Board of Director
Laie Point Community Association President & Board Member
Laie Community Association Board
BYU-Hawaii/CCH Alumni Association President
Sierra Club Member
Refugees Language Tutor Volunteer
Amnesty International Freedom Writer
Friends of "South Pass City", Wyoming, USA
Boy Scouts of America
Host - Country Talk Story - Olelo Public Television
North Shore News columnist

Entries by Choon James

Ferguson Riots: We Need Statesmen, Not Politicians

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 1:02 AM


The Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a policeman is undeniably an ugly event for all involved.

The subsequent events following the shooting remind me of the words of Poet Laureate William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), in...

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Hawaii Politics: Will Money or Will People Power Win?

(8) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 11:05 AM

August 9, 2014 Primary Elections is a big day for Hawaii. Winners and losers will be picked for the November 6, 2014 General Elections.

The Primary Elections only allow Single Party voting. If you have preferred candidates in different parties, there have to be sacrifices made.

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Mayoral Candidate Dustin Barca Circles Kauai by Land and Sea

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:36 AM

You want to bet that Kauai, Hawaii has the most high-energy mayoral candidate this election? *


Dustin Barca began his circle-the-island marathon to fundraise and "talk-story" with the grassroots on May 29, 2014. He started by paddling from Ke'e Beach...

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Hawaii's Politics: Surf, Aloha Aina, and Dustin Barca

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Even Paradise has elections!

Politics in Kauai, the only island that was not conquered by King Kamehameha the Great, just got a little more exciting with Dustin Barca's recent announcement to run for Mayor.


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Pomp and Circumstance - Graduation, Hawaii Style

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:14 PM


High school and college graduation ceremonies are coming up. Educational institutions throughout the islands are gearing up for another festive season to celebrate academia, endurance and achievements.

Part of the fun is seeing the types of leis (garlands) showered upon the graduates...

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Honolulu City Hall: Where is the Common Sense and Aloha?

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 10:55 AM


Hauula residents and others, including the firemen community, are scratching their heads about the Hauula Fire Station Relocation project. Perhaps the words of a former fire commissioner describes this project best: 'It doesn't make sense!'

Hau'ula is...

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Paradise in Turmoil: Honolulu, Oahu Marches and Rallies Against Massive Developments

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 2:14 PM

Paradise dwellers are unhappy with the acceleration of big-scale developments in Oahu. Whether it is in downtown Honolulu like Waikiki or Kaka'ako or in the rural Ko'olau Loa/north shore, groups and alliances are sprouting marches and rallies.

Downtown Honolulu is designated as urban in the

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Confirmed: Bloggers Have First Amendment Rights as Corporate Media

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 2:57 PM

Kudos to Free Speech Warriors - Crystal L. Cox and Eugene Volokh!

A big mahalo to Crystal L. Cox and Eugence Volokh for their valiant efforts to protect free press and free speech!

On January 17, 2014, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Crystal...

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Aloha Includes Striving to Understand the Other Side

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 9:49 AM

Aloha includes striving to understand the other side.

I was at the Kahalu'u gas station one day. A young girl was beside a car next to me with her boyfriend close by, pumping gas.

Another truck pulled up and out came a big guy. Bad timing. He was not happy...

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Honolulu Mayor's Disjointed Leadership Could Render Kahuku Golf Course Into Oblivion

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 1:15 PM

Oahu's Kahuku Municipal Golf Course Could Disappear


It's Oahu's best kept secret that the Kahuku Municipal Golf Course was never owned by the City and County of Honolulu.

The city leased the pristine grounds that included sandy beach frontage, sand dunes,...

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Paving Paradise

(3) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 4:03 PM

My mother's maiden voyage to Oahu, Hawaii was a memorable one for us.

Her first knee-jerk observation of Oahu's majestic Ko'olau mountains were these words in Hokkien, "Why don't they raze the mountains to build more buildings?"

Keep in mind she had just arrived from Singapore after a thirteen-hour...

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