Lawmakers finish session after huge federal aid boost

  • Hawaii Senate President Ron Kouchi speaks at a podium at the state Capitol in Honolulu on Thursday, April 29, 2021, flanked from left to right by Sens. Kalani English, Jarrett Keohokalole, Michelle Kidani and Brian Taniguchi. Hawaii’s lawmakers are wrapping up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — Lawmakers on Thursday wrapped up a legislative session marked by a generous influx of federal aid that helped the islands weather a pandemic that threw tens of thousands of people out of work and upended the state’s tourism-dependent economy.