Immediately following the opening-day ceremonies of the 2008 Legislative session,the Capitol became a volcano of infectious energy as lawmakers, lobbyists, staff members and community members commended the UH WAC championship teams, including the Warrior football team, Wahine volleyball and soccer teams. The UH Hilo Wahine volleyball and cross country teams also won their Pacific Athletic Conference titles.
A handful of UH Warriors were joined by recently appointed UH football coach Greg McMackin, former defensive line coach under June Jones. The University of Hawaii introduced McMackin as the new Warrior football head coach at a press conference today at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Speaker Calvin Say said in his opening day address today that a priority of the legislature is to find the money to fix unsatisfactory facilities at UH. Read more about Opening Day speeches here. Or read Speaker Say's Address here and Majority Leader Kirk Caldwell's address here.
I rounded up the best photos taken today and embedded a slide show below for your viewing pleasure. Here are a few things that happened today:
- A rally in the Rotunda calling for legislation placing a moratorium on the genetic modification of native taro in Hawaii
- Opening Day Ceremonies
- A presentation in the Rotunda honoring UH WAC championship teams
- Lawmakers grinding a variety of 'ono food and talking story with community members, lobbyists, friends, family and colleagues