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Hawaii legislative session opens with fanfare

Andrew Gomes
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                                Senate President Ron Kouchi addressed the audience on the Senate chamber floor.
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Senate President Ron Kouchi addressed the audience on the Senate chamber floor.

CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                House Speaker Scott Saiki delivered a speech and welcomed 16 newly elected House members — 12 Democrats and four Republicans.
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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

House Speaker Scott Saiki delivered a speech and welcomed 16 newly elected House members — 12 Democrats and four Republicans.

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                                A man was removed from the House chamber after he began yelling from the gallery. He was later taken away in an ambulance.
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A man was removed from the House chamber after he began yelling from the gallery. He was later taken away in an ambulance.

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                                At top, students from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Hawaiian Ensemble performed on the Senate floor.
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At top, students from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Hawaiian Ensemble performed on the Senate floor.

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                                State Senate President Ron Kouchi and U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda talked on the chamber floor on the opening day of the Legislature Wednesday at the state Capitol.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

State Senate President Ron Kouchi and U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda talked on the chamber floor on the opening day of the Legislature Wednesday at the state Capitol.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Senate President Ron Kouchi addressed the audience on the Senate chamber floor.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                House Speaker Scott Saiki delivered a speech and welcomed 16 newly elected House members — 12 Democrats and four Republicans.
CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A man was removed from the House chamber after he began yelling from the gallery. He was later taken away in an ambulance.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                At top, students from Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Hawaiian Ensemble performed on the Senate floor.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                State Senate President Ron Kouchi and U.S. Rep. Jill Tokuda talked on the chamber floor on the opening day of the Legislature Wednesday at the state Capitol.