Hanabusa Made Most Trips to Hawaii Last Year

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WASHINGTON — Hawaii's congressional delegates collectively made dozens of roundtrips between Washington and Hawaii in the past year — nearly 40 such trips among Sen. Daniel Akaka, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa and Rep. Mazie Hirono alone.

While that means as a group they logged nearly 200,000 miles of airtime, each of Hawaii's congressional representatives made it home about once a month on average.

Civil Beat asked the delegates to provide their travel information.

Among Hawaii's delegates, Hanabusa traveled back to the Islands the most in the past year: 14 roundtrips from Washington between Jan. 1, 2011 and Jan. 23, 2012. She has earned the highest elite status on United Airlines as a result, according to a spokeswoman in her Washington office.

Hirono made 13 roundtrips in that same time period. Akaka's tally was 10. The United States Capitol Police advised Sen. Daniel Inouye not to make public his travel schedule.

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