In an appearance on KSSK radio on Thursday morning, former U.S. congressman Charles Djou formally announced his candidacy in the upcoming election for the state's 1st Congressional District.
Hawaii News Now reported Djou's intention to run for the seat last month, when Pat Saiki, the newly-elected chairwoman of the Hawaii Republican Party, confirmed in an on-air interview that he would soon make a formal announcement.
During that interview, which aired on March 21, Saiki also said she expected Duke Aiona to enter the state's gubernatorial race.
Djou will run for the seat being vacated by Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging fellow democrat Brian Schatz for a seat in the United States Senate. Earlier this week, President Barack Obama endorsed Schatz in that race.
Djou, who won a special election for a seat in the 1st Congressional District in May of 2010, was defeated by Hanabusa in the general election for the same seat nearly six months later.