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Hawaiian News: Hoopili Alakai

Sen. Russel Kokubun Sen. Russel Kokubun
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of middle and high school students converged upon the Hawaiʻi State Capitol last furlough Friday. They were there to consider future careers in government. Amy Kalili has more.

I kçlâ me kçia makahiki, hôʻea aku nâ haumâna kula waena a kula kiʻekiʻe i ke kapikala no ka hoʻopili aku i ko lâkou mau lâlâ ʻaha ʻôlelo no ka lâ

One day out of the year, middle and high school students statewide have a chance to shadow their own representatives.

Kçia mau kânaka a pau ma kçia keʻena he mau kânaka nui loa ma Hawaiʻi a no ka hiki ke launa me lâkou ua haʻalulu akâ ua pîhoihoi loa.

These are our government leaders and I was nervous yet excited to meet them.

Ua eo i kçia haumâna ka lanakila ma kahi hoʻokûkû kâkau i kapa ʻia ʻo Leader for a Day i hiki ai iâ lâkou ke launa me nâ lâlâ ʻaha ʻôlelo ma nâ hâlâwai, hâlâwai hoʻopuka manaʻo a ma nâ hale o nâ ʻaha ʻelua kekahi.

All students were winners of the annual Hawaiʻi "Leader for a Day" essay contest, and joined legislators at hearings, meetings, and even on the chamber floors.

Nui nâ kânaka e makemake e hana i kçia ʻano mea launa me nâ kânaka i hiki ke hoʻololi a i ʻole e hoʻokumu i nâ ʻano kânâwai like ʻole ma Hawaiʻi.

So many people want to meet them to discuss various bills and laws.

I can see that the education that he is experiencing and benefiting from is really going to grow that value system and I think that's an excellent resource for us.

He mea kçia hoʻonui ʻike e piʻi ai kona hoihoi a he mea kçlâ e pono ai kçia mua aku.

ʻO Kei kekahi o nâ haumâna kula ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi ʻehâ i komo i ka papahana a ua lele koke ʻo ia i ka ʻimi i ka pono.

Kai was one of four Hawaiian immersion students taking part in the program, and wasted no time in lobbying for his cause.

I koʻu manaʻo ponoʻî hiki ke hoʻokâʻoi ʻia kçia ʻano hana me nâ ʻano kuanaʻike o ka papahana ʻôlelo Hawaiʻi.

There is so much more that can be done here to support our immersion program.

He mea ka lohe ʻia o nâ manaʻo o nâ ʻôpio e piʻi ai ka makakau o nâ lâlâ ʻaha ʻôlelo.

Hearing from young constituents also gave legislators a greater sense of accountability.

I need to think about it in those kinds of terms, any decision I make on education for instance will have an impact. Any decision I make on the economy or the environment will in some way come back and affect every individual.

He hôʻoia no ke ʻano koʻikoʻi o nâ mea e hoʻoholo ʻia no ka hoʻonaʻauao, ʻekonomia, ao kûlohelohe i nâ kânaka ma ka pâkahi.

He hoʻonuiʻike no mâua ʻelua.

Mahalo wale i kçia hoʻokûkû i hiki ke komo ma kçia ʻano papahana o ka Hawaiʻi Leader for a Day.

It's a learning experience for both of us. I am grateful for this opportunity.

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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