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League Legislative Tours

About fifty League members and guests participated in our legislative tours of February 24 and March 3. These tours were designed to provide an introduction to the Capitol, to encourage members to return as observers or even lobbyists.

The tours began in the Lt. Governor's office with coffee, briefing, and a short visit with Lt. Governor Nelson Doi. Joyce Miller, the League's legislative coordinator, gave a brief description of her job and the status of bills of concern to the League. Michelle Hamner, our guide and arranger from the Lt. Governor's office, provided information packets which included a legislative directory and that most valuable of possessions: maps of all levels of the Capitol:

Our next stop was Washington Place, and on both tours we were fortunate to have Mrs. George Ariyoshi as our guide. She was a most gracious, charming hostess, who added a personal touch to the tour. For many, the visit to the Governor's home was the highlight of the day.

We briefly visited the House and Senate chambers--long. enough to be recognized (by Lisa Naito in the House, Mary George in the Senate)--and watch a little of the proceedings.

Then it was downstairs to the Chamber level and the labyrinth...but we found the print shop, the legislative reference bureau, and other offices of interest.

Members came and went as they wished but about a dozen each tour stayed through lunch. We ate on the grounds of Iolani Palace and it couldn't have been more perfect...nearly cloudless blue sky, swaying palms, warm sun, the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band. It was a delightful setting for talking story with League friends. And where else could you find Anne Marie Duca eating her Mexican lunch with chopsticks, while listening to one of the band's vocalists sing "Danny Boy" with a convincing Irish lilt?

Unfortunately, there were few afternoon legislative hearings on our tour days, but a half dozen or so people did attend hearings on March 3.

Despite a few glitches owing to scheduling changes, both tours went fairly smoothly...and we hope we brought government a little bit closer to our members.

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