Leaders. That was the word of the day. The capitol was bustling with the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Leaders of Hawaii Past and Present
During special floor presentations in their respective chambers, Senate and House lawmakers honored the efforts and bravery of the soldiers of the Hawaii Army National Guard, the Hawaii Army Reserve, and the Airmen and Airwomen of the Hawaii Air National Guard on their recent deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rep. K. Mark Takai and Rep. Tom Brower sponsored the resolution honoring the soldier. Takai is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and served with the 29th Brigade Combat Team in Kuwait for six months beginning in February of 2009.
Leaders of Hawaii Future
More than 45 middle and high school students who were selected for their winning essays shadowed state representatives and senators. The students wrote about a historic place and explained why it is significant to their community. They were also asked to propose a plan, as an elected official, to ensure the protection and preservation of that site. Over 300 essays were submitted. The event is coordinated annually by Rep. Lyla Berg and her office staff.