A Day on the Hill: Colleen Hanabusa

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

Editor's note: The nation's capital is a long way from Hawaii, both physically and culturally. The ability to keep tabs on Hawaii's elected officials in Washington is part of what prompted Civil Beat to open a bureau in the district. But we want to take you even closer to the action on Capitol Hill.

We've asked each of Hawaii's congressional delegates to let us spend a day with them. Our next stop is 1st Congressional District Rep. Colleen Hanabusa's office. (Read a related story about our day with Rep. Mazie Hirono.)

WASHINGTON — Democratic Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa can't remember the last time she cried. That may be in part because the congresswoman and former Hawaii Senate president lives up to her tough reputation, but it's also because she's so often laughing.

That, and talking.

Hanabusa can talk and talk and talk. She almost always waves her hands as she speaks, a habit that makes it difficult to take a candid photograph of her that isn't blurry.

But it's a fitting quality. Ten months into her stint in Congress, the 60-year-old Hanabusa is constantly on the move.

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