State senators and staff held a farewell lunch this afternoon for state Senate President Colleen Hanabusa, who is going to Congress.
The lunch in a chamber-level conference room at the state Capitol was part roast, part testimonial for the girl from Waianae.
State Sen. Sam Slom, (R-Kahala, Hawaii Kai), said he was surprised by Hanabusa’s colorful wardrobe during the campaign given her penchant for wearing black. “The only time she wore color on the Senate floor was to get Gordon Trimble’s attention,” he said of the former Waikiki senator, who is nearsighted.
State Sen. Will Espero, (D-Ewa Beach, Waipahu), who writes poetry, offered “An Ode to Colleen Hanabusa,” that referenced her May special election survival and her general election victory over U.S. Rep. Charles Djou, R-Hawaii.
State Sen. Brickwood Galuteria, (D-Waikiki, Ala Moana, Downtown), sang a few lines of “You Are So Beautiful” and imagined it was what Hanabusa was thinking when she first saw her office in Congress. (Hanabusa said she thought that when she saw U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s Senate Appropriations Committee office.)
State Senate President Shan Tsutsui, (D-Kahului), said he has been told by several people that he has big shoes to fill in replacing Hanabusa. But he said he has been unable to find a pair of Hanabusa’s famous little black clogs.
(Hanabusa said the clogs are likely staying. She said she was told by several women in Washington, D.C., that they want her to start a clog fashion trend because they are tired of wearing high heels on the marble floors in Congress.)
The highlight of the lunch was an original song, led by state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Kapolei, Makakilo, Waikele), and Galuteria on guitars, with a dozen male senators singing backup.
Hanabusa, she’s leaving town.
Hanabusa is D.C. bound.
Hanabusa, we’re really sad to see you go.
Now when you get to Congress,
When the new year starts,
Don’t get pushed around,
By old Republican farts.
And when you’re speaking on C-SPAN,
Debating and giving your spiel,
Please make sure you’re wearing, some classy high heels.
The girl from Waianae,
Is going to D.C.
She’s a brainy tita, we can all agree.
But John and Little, will miss her most.
She’ll rendezvous with them on the West Coast.
She’s a wine connoisseur.
And she loves her dogs.
But when she leaves for Washington,
Better throw away them clogs.
In D.C. sharks will eat you,
If you show no class.
But I know one tita, goin’ kick some serious ass.
Hang loosa, Hanabusa!