The story of Hawai‘i's political beginnings echoes Hawai‘i's geological origins. Numerous cycles of volcanic eruptions followed by a cooling of the earth created layer upon layer of new land that formed the foundation of our islands. Similarly, Hawai‘i's transition from a territory to a state, then into the twenty-first century, has been marked by numerous waves of opportunity, challenges, and triumphs, giving rise to a great state with a thriving government, economy, culture, and people.
Just as the cycles of eruptions and cooling of earth continue to slowly add new land to the Hawaiian archipelago each day, new questions and issues will inevitably arise as Hawai‘i progresses through times of rapid social, economic, and political change. In the coming years, the Legislature has the opportunity to significantly affect the literal and figurative landscape of this State. Undertaking state challenges in the twenty-first century means not only adapting new technologies and ideas to find solutions, but also remembering and examining the elemental processes, people, and history that have brought us to this point – the cycles of eruptions and cooling that have produced a growing chain of islands that appear entirely separate on the surface but remain connected at the very depths of their foundation.