Pomp and Circumstance were not the order of the day as the 2010 Legislature opened today. It was a very subdued mood with most capitol regulars staying away following warnings by house and senate leaders that this would not be business as usual as the legislature went straight to work addressing the many issues and concerns facing the state.
One visitor who did brave the austere mood at the capitol was fellow Honoka'a Alum Shawna Lau Kong who came to visit and wish me well. (She also provided the lovely lei that I am wearing.) Shawna moved to Honolulu a while ago and will be spending this session on the staff of Senator Dwight Takamine.