When the gavel fell on the 2018 session, it marked the end of the line for several lawmakers in their current posts.
On the final day of the 2018 legislative session, House members stand during a prayer by Rep. Isaac Choy, who is leaving the House after serving since 2009.
The outgoing Choy, who represents Manoa and Moiliili, gets a goodbye hug from Rep. Linda Ichiyama, who serves Moanalua Valley and Salt Lake.
Windward Oahu Rep. Jarrett Keohokalole gets a hug on his last day in the House — he’s running for the state Senate.
The final day seemingly went a little long for this spectator in the House gallery. Besides Choy, other departing House members include Leeward Coast Rep. Andria Tupola, who is running for governor; Maui Rep. Kaniela Ing, who is running for Congress; Mililani Rep. Beth Fukumoto, also running for Congress; and Windward Oahu Rep. Ken Ito, who is running for the state Senate.
In a gesture that harked back to her days as Education Committee chair, Sen. Jill Tokuda places stickers on children’s building blocks at some senators’ desks during a recess. There’s a tradition of outgoing legislators leaving behind meaningful trinkets, and the senator representing Kaneohe and Kailua is leaving to run for lieutenant governor.
Senate Majority Leader J. Kalani English presents a lei to Sen. Will Espero, left, during a recess. Espero, who represents Ewa Beach, is leaving his post to run for lieutenant governor.
Sen. Josh Green of the Big Island addresses the Senate. He too is leaving his post to run for lieutenant governor.
On likely their final day all together, state senators gather for a group photograph.
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