Throughout her career, Colleen Hanabusa has proven to be an effective common-sense leader who has delivered for the people of Hawai‘i.

Colleen was born in Honolulu and raised on O‘ahu’s Wai‘anae Coast, where her parents, Isao and June Hanabusa, ran a gas station next to their home. As a little girl, she worked at the gas station cleaning windshields while standing on a little stool her grandfather made for her.

A yonsei, or fourth-generation American of Japanese ancestry, Colleen’s maternal great-grandparents immigrated to Hawai‘i to work on the sugar plantations.

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