State Sen. Gary Hooser, D-Kaua‘i-Ni‘ihau, went back to school last week, speaking to third- and fifth-graders at Wilcox Elementary School in Lihu‘e about the intricacies of carrying out duties of his elected position.
He was participating in the fifth annual Back to School Week, a program of the National Conference of State Legislatures designed to teach future voters what it’s like to be a state legislator.
Hooser answered questions, shared ideas, heard concerns, and imparted a greater understanding of legislative processes necessary for developing effective public policy, he said.
Students learned of legislative processes, pressures, debates, negotiations and compromises that are all part of the lawmaking system.
He answered questions from students who may one day aspire to become politicians, and spent a portion of two days at the school, one day with third graders, the other with fifth graders.
“Your Ideas Count” was the theme of Back to School Week.