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Saturday, November 16, 2002

Former legislator Devon Nekoba
is happy that he’s pau in politics

Question: Whatever happened to former state legislator Devon Nekoba?

Answer: The San Francisco native, who attended high school in Hawaii and served two terms as a state representative, continues to live and work in Honolulu.

Nekoba, 34, was first elected to the state House in 1992, as a Democrat representing the Maunawili-Kailua district. At that time, he was 24 and the youngest member of the Legislature.

Nekoba served as vice chairman of the House Committee on Water and Land Use Planning. He left public service after being defeated by Republican Rep. David Pendleton in 1996.

Nekoba now has a full-time job at Sandwich Isle Communications but he declined to say what he does for the company. He also works as an actor in theater when time permits.

Nekoba has performed for the Honolulu Theater for Youth and several other productions. This summer he emceed the Miss Hawaii Teen and Miss Oahu pageants.

His political career was a bittersweet experience.

"It's like bungie jumping. You do it once, and some say that they want to do it again. But some say 'I'm glad that I did that so I don't have to do it any more,'" he said.

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