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Fred Akau, a legislative researcher, takes a phone call on the second floor of the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, in Honolulu. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Soft light diffused by clouds and the architectural design of the Capitol building’s Senate chamber
resembling a volcano, create shapes and angles below legislative researcher Fred Akau during a phone
call on the second floor Wednesday in Honolulu. The barrier wall surrounding the Capitol blocks the view
of ongoing construction which filled with water during recent heavy rains. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Hawaii Finance Director Luis Salaveria answers questions with Gov. Josh Green who earlier presented an overview of the proposed state budget at a press conference on Monday at the Capitol. Green presented his proposed $19.2 billion budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1. This is the first budget developed entirely by his administration since taking office. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023)
Magnetometers have been added to the security of the Capitol photographed Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, in Honolulu. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
With security cameras already in place, magnetometers have been added to the security of the Capitol in Honolulu. The next legislative session beginning in January will require more patience to get into the Capitol building. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Construction barriers surround the reflecting pool in the center of the Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, in Honolulu. The basement of the building has been damaged by leaking water from the centerpiece. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Construction barriers are set up in the center of the Capitol Wednesday in Honolulu. The basement of the building has been damaged by leaking water from the art centerpiece. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
After his trial was delayed 17 times, Casey Nishimura, right, was sentenced to a five-year prison term and ordered to pay restitution for sexually assaulting two girls he used to babysit. He was immediately placed in custody in the courtroom. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023)
Pearl Harbor’s shipyard is photographed while waiting for the tanker Yosemite Trader to pass Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Pearl Harbor’s shipyard is photographed while a media boat waits for the tanker Yosemite Trader to pass Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Defueling of Red Hill began Oct. 16, with approximately 104,642,160 gallons of fuel removed six months ahead of schedule. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
The tanker Yosemite Trader gets under way Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. It’s transporting fuel drained from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility to the Philippines. Defueling began Oct. 16 and removed approximately 104,642,160 gallons of fuel. Gravity based defueling has been completed six months ahead of schedule. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
The tanker Yosemite Trader gets under way Wednesday from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. It’s transporting fuel drained from the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility to the Philippines. This shipment marks the last of gravity-based defueling. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Joint Task Force Red Hill Vice Adm. John Wade does a TV interview Wednesday at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu. Wednesday marked the completion of gravity-based defueling from the Red Hill storage facility. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Tourists take pictures with a gun on the Battleship Missouri Memorial Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2023, at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. The battleship turned floating museum was the site of the September 2, 1945, surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers to end World War II. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Tourists take pictures with a gun on the Battleship Missouri Memorial Wednesday in Pearl Harbor. The battleship-turned-floating museum was the site of the Sept. 2, 1945, surrender of Japan to the Allied Powers which ended World War II. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
Lifeguard Hoanui Elazzouzi, in yellow, talks to a family of beachgoers while watching the waves for swimmers, surfers and other visitors as they try to negotiate the sometimes hostile conditions at Sandy Beach on Oahu. (David Croxford/Civil Beat/2023)
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger jet passes Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2023, a rainbow over Ewa Beach. On Dec. 4 Alaska Airlines announced an acquisition of Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)
A Hawaiian Airlines passenger jet passes a rainbow Tuesday morning over Ewa Beach. Earlier this month, Alaska Airlines announced its acquisition of Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion. (Kevin Fujii/Civil Beat/2023)

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