(Pictured from left to right, Reps. Takashi Ohno, Gregg Takayama, Romy Cachola, Nicole Lowen,
Justin Woodson, Bertand Kobayashi, Kaniela Ing, and Richard Onishi)
FRESHMAN HOUSE LAWMAKERS DEMONSTRATE TEAM SPIRIT AND SOLIDARITY
And For One of Them it Meant a Brand New Bike
Hawaii Island first time legislator, Nicole Lowen (Kailua-Kona, Holualoa, Kalaoa, Honokohau) was in for a big surprise last month. The freshman legislator was doing the people's business when she was summoned to the office of House Speaker Joe Souki. Feeling like a student heading for the principal's office, Lowen dutifully began her journey to the fourth floor of the capitol.
But it was not just Speaker Joe waiting for her. Her fellow freshman colleagues were there to surprise her with a brand new, sparkling bike! Lowen's bike, her sole source of transportation while in Honolulu, had been stolen from a well known Oahu shopping center earlier in the month.
Not ones to stand idly by while a colleague was in need, the freshman class in the House of Representative (Kaniela Ing, Bertrand Kobayashi, Richard Onishi, Gregg Takayama, Romy Cachola, Takashi Ohno, and Justin Woodson) and three members of the senior class (Joe Souki, Scott Saiki and John Mizuno) chipped in to buy Lowen a new bicycle. Moral of the story…don't mess with the Freshman Class! And, oh yeah…the old guys, too.