Legislative session began amid uncertainty, ended with relief for Maui and taxpayers

George F. Lee / Star-Advertiser

Hands were held and raised during the singing of “Hawai‘i Aloha” signaling the end of the 2024 legislative season in the House of Representatives at the Hawai‘i Capitol on Friday, May 3, 2024. House Speaker Scott, left and Senate President Ron Kouchi joined in the tradition.

HONOLULU — The Hawai‘i legislative session began Jan. 17 clouded in unknowns over how much money would be available overall, how much could be spent to help Maui recover from the Aug. 8 wildfires, and concerns that lawmakers would have to tap into the state’s so-called rainy day fund to meet Hawai‘i’s needs.