Tomorrow, January 16th, is the Opening Day of the 2008 Legislative Session. Here's what's happening at the State Capitol:
8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. There will be entertainment in the Rotunda by the University of Hawaii at Manoa Lab School Band.
9:45 a.m. Members will gather in the House of Representatives Chamber. The proceedings will be aired live on Oceanic, Olelo Channel 49. Lilikala Kame'elehiwa, Kuali'i Council representative will give the Oli. (Senate proceedings start at 9:55 a.m. on Oceanic, Olelo Channel 53).
10:00 a.m. Legislature convenes. The Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps will present the Nation's and State's colors. The University of Hawaii at Manoa Chamber Singers will lead in the singing of the National Anthem and Hawaii Pono'i. Christina Stidman, President of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii, and Marc Le Pape, President of the Graduate Student Organization, will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Kapa Oliveira, Head of the UH Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language Program will deliver the Invocation.
The House is expected to vote on two resolutions. HCR1 relates to recess days for the 2008 session. HCR2 relates to a joint session of the Legislature for the Governor's 2008 State-of-the-State address.
Entertainment interlude: The House will be entertained by Aaron Sala and the University of Hawaii Tahitian Ensemble and the Hawaiian Chorus.
Floor Remarks: Speaker of the House Calvin Say will present his remarks, followed by Minority Leader Lynn Finnegan and Majority Leader Kirk Caldwell.
Benediction: Bob Nash, UH at Manoa Men's Basketball Head Coach, will close with the benediction.
12:00 noon: The House is expected to adjourn until 12 noon Thursday.
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. The House and Senate will honor the 3 Western Athletic Conference champions in the Rotunda. Athletes and Coaches from the UH Football Warriors, the UH Wahine Volleyball and Wahine Soccer Teams will be recognized.
Legislators have invited their family, friends and supporters to join them in their offices for Opening Day celebrations.