Rep. Ken Ito's grandson, Tyler Mizota, a Punahou student, gave the invocation in Hawaiian and then in English.
Rep. Tom Okamura was sworn in in by Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald. Okamura, a former lawmaker, was appointed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie to replace Blake Oshiro, who took a position with the administration as deputy chief of staff.
The Hawaii House of Representatives unanimously voted to pass a resolution electing CJ Leong as House Chief Clerk to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of former Chief Clerk Patricia Mau-Shimizu.
Speaker Calvin Say opens the 2012 Legislature with a speech about maintaining stability in respect to the state budget -- meaning no new taxes, and no major general fund appropriation increase for the expansion of state programs. He highlighted the importance of focusing efforts on maintaining economic recovery and promoting immediate job growth by expediting the construction of state projects and avoiding mandates on businesses. (Full speech here.)