Hawaii Officials Merrily Celebrate Rail in D.C.

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Five Honolulu City Council members and both of Hawaii's U.S. senators celebrated the Honolulu rail project's progress at an upscale French bistro near Capitol Hill on Tuesday evening.

The officials were part of a group of about 40 people attending the private reception, which was hosted by the Honolulu-based carpenters union advocacy group Pacific Resource Partnership.

Guests included city staffers, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board members, development executives, as well as environmental and nonprofit leaders.

"You know, as I walked in here, I looked around and said, 'Who is there (left) in Honolulu?'" Sen. Daniel Akaka joked when he greeted the crowd.

The mood was buoyant, arguably even more so than at the festive rail groundbreaking that attracted hundreds of project supporters in Kapolei in February.

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