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Lawmakers plan initiatives on minimum wage, elections in new session

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The Hawaii state Legislature officially opened on Jan. 16 with an oli and hula in the House chamber, and a prayer of gratitude for the privilege of living and working in Hawaii. An above-ground imu assembled by activist Daniel Anthony in a trailer on the grounds of Iolani Palace next to the state Capitol provided an unusual backdrop for the formalities, and supporters of Hawaiian language education staged their annual poi-pounding event in the Capitol rotunda.
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A Hawaiian chant by Kumu Kelii Puchalski and Hui O Na Opio opened the House session Wednesday at the state Capitol.