Photo: Ronald D. Kouchi gives opening remarks
Newly appointed President of the Hawai‘i State Senate, Ronald D. Kouchi gives opening remarks at the opening day of the 2019 Legislature. - Photos: Nelson Gaspar

The 30th Biennial Hawaii State Legislature opened on January 16, 2019, and the Capitol was full of the sounds of speeches, song and kalo pounding-which formed a backdrop to discussing the issues of cost of living, population loss and education. The legislative session runs through May 2.