Redistricting Panel OKs Plan to Include Ko Olina in 1st Congressional District

Reapportionment Commission

The votes were split.

Four Republicans on one side. Four Democrats on the other.

So on Friday it came down to Hawaii Reapportionment Commission Chairwoman Victoria Marks to decide whether U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's Ko Olina home would be in her district.

Her answer: Yes.

The boundaries of the 1st Congressional District would no longer be a source of embarrassment during political campaigns for the congresswoman who was elected in 2010 while living outside the area she sought to represent.

Earlier this summer, Hanabusa made good on a promise to move into her district by listing her Ko Olina home for sale, and renting an apartment in Kakaako.

Hanabusa told Civil Beat Friday that her Ko Olina home is still on the market. Because the 1st Congressional district includes Kapolei, she said it "makes sense" for Ko Olina to be included.

"Kapolei is the second city. Ko Olina was the second resort destination for Oahu," Hanabusa said. "When you think about what reapportionment is supposed to do, tying as many communities together as possible ... it's logical that you would have those populations together. It makes a lot of sense."

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