Prior to adjournment sine die, the Speaker and House members said aloha to three members who will not be returning to the House next year. All three are running for Senate seats.
Rep. Dwight Takamine, District 1- North Kohala, South Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo, was first elected in 1984, making Takamine a 24-year veteran. He won the seat formerly held by his father, Yoshito Takamine, who served for 26 years. Takamine was formerly Chair of Finance and serves as the senior member of the Big Island delegation.
Rep. Alex Sonson, District 35 - Pearl City, Waipahu, was first elected in 2002. He has been a state representative for 6 years, but he said it took him 8 years to get there :). Sonson is currently Chair of Labor and Public Employment.
Rep. Alex Sonson rises to speak. Rep. Josh Green sits to the right.
Rep. Josh Green, District 6 - North Kona, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Honokohau, has served since 2004. A medical emergency room doctor, Green said he is available to treat members if they are ever in need on the Big Island, whether it be a prescription for rogaine or some medical indiscretion. We'll leave it to you to determine who he had in mind. Green is currently Chair of Health.