From left, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie and candidate Tulsi Gabbard celebrate their election victories at the Japanese Cultural Center, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

The death of longtime Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye leaves Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) with the task of choosing his replacement from a pool of three options the state Democratic Party will provide. 

While the timeline for replacing Inouye is yet to be determined, one name stands out as the most likely pick: Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Reason number one: the senator's last wish was to have Hanabusa replace him.