Turning Washington into a classroom

Sen. Mazie Hirono on Tuesday met with 27 Kauai High School students who traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of the Close-Up Program, which gives students an inside look at their democracy in action. Turning the nation’s capital into a classroom gave the students a more personal format to learn about their government.

The group was led by Kauai High School teachers Lane Tokita and Kathy Morishige.

During their discussion with Hirono, students stressed the importance of raising the minimum wage and asked the senator about her career path in politics, which includes more than a decade in the House, being elected lieutenant governor in 1994, as well as to the U.S. Senate.

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