Hawaii Randy's Real Estate Opinions: Today is Opening Day of the Hawaii Legislature

Today is Opening Day of the Hawaii Legislature

Opening Day

One of the unique things about Hawaii is our openness.  We have what is called the sunshine law.  Most government meetings have to be open to the public.  All hearings and any sessions that have voting at the legislature and our County councils are open to the public to attend.  Most are televised on public TV.  It is one of the more civilized parts of our local government.

Being here on an island we have a saying, "everyone knows everyone here".  That is also true of our elected officials.  Many of us know our State Representative and State Senator personally.  I and most of my friends knew the Governor before she was elected to the position.  I am sure that if you are from New York or California you be lucky to have even shaken their hands let along know them personally.

In Hawaii we have a tradition of the public visiting the capitol on opening day of the legislature.  There will be a floor session for both the House and Senate followed by an open house of their offices.  Most of the elected officials will have out a spread of food and some even entertainment.  I have attended probably about 10 out of the last 12 opening days.  If I can sneak away today, I will be there again.

State Capitol RotundaOne of the things that make our Capitol Building unique is that it is wide open.  The courtyard in the center is open from 2 sides.  You can walk up from the street and hit an elevator button or take the stairs.  Does all of what I said mean our politicians are any better than those in other states? (The answer is NO).  It does mean that we in the public have much more access to them and the process.  If they mess up we probably know not only know them but also their family.  We can always call mom to help straighten them out.

 

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Randy L. Prothero, REALTOR®

Principal Broker, ABR, AHWD, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, MRP, SFR

Island Style Realty Inc.

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Randy Prothero is well established as an expert in working with military / VA clients and first time home buyers.  His home seller's (listing) campaign is one of the most aggressive marketing programs in the area.

Based out of Mililani, Hawaii. Randy services the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) Performs mediations and ombudsman services for the Board of Realtors.  To improve overall professionalism in his area Randy also offers classes for real estate agents. 

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Comment balloon 2 commentsRandy Prothero • January 16 2008 08:51AM

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Randy our legislature follows the same open practice as yours, but I have never heard of an “opening day” at the capital over here, and definitely not a spread of food or entertainment.  If they did I would be their in a heart beat, to get something out of my tax dollars.  :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 10 years ago
George - I had clients yesterday and didn't make it down there.  I will visit the legislature several times during the session.  I also have a few clients that work there.  Last year I even sold a home to one of the Governor's body guards.
Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

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