By Derrick DePledge
Three politically powerful women -- Millie Akaka, Jean Ariyoshi and Irene Hirano Inouye -- are hosting a fundraiser this month for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.
The evening event is scheduled for Dec. 17 at a Pacific Heights home. Akaka is the wife of retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Ariyoshi is the wife of former Gov. George Ariyoshi. Hirano Inouye is the widow of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.
Women on the fundraiser's host committee are expected to contribute or raise $2,600. Sponsors must donate $1,000. Guests can give $500.
Other women on the host committee include state Rep. Sylvia Luke, the chairwoman of the House Finance Committee, state Sen. Jill Tokuda, the chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, and state Sen. Michelle Kidani, the vice chairwoman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
Hanabusa is challenging U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate to fill out the remainder of Inouye's six-year term, which runs through 2016.