Former Congressman Charles Djou was the 2012 Republican nominee for the Hawaii's 1st Congressional District seat. He received 90 percent of the vote in the August 2012 primary, but lost to Democratic incumbent Colleen Hanabusa in the general election. Djou received 44 percent of the vote while Hanabusa received 54 percent.
The last time Hanabusa and Djou challenged one another was in 2010. Djou beat Hanabusa for the Congressional District 1 seat in the May 2010 special election, but Hanabusa ejected Djou in the November 2010 general election.
That special election victory made him only the third Republican from Hawaii to serve in Congress since statehood. He served in Congress for just seven months.