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Schatz, Hirono Pass Senate Resolution to Honor the Life of Senator Daniel K. Akaka

WASHINGTON – Today, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) to honor the life of U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka.

“The U.S. Senate—and our country—would be better off if there were more leaders like Senator Daniel K. Akaka,” said Senator Schatz. “He fought for the vulnerable, promoted peace, and looked for common ground. Most of all, he embodied the aloha spirit, and showed us all what it means to have a pure heart and be a true public servant.”

“Senator Akaka embodied the Aloha Spirit. From meeting nearly every Hawai‘i family who came to his office for a Capitol tour – to serving as a tireless advocate for veterans, the Native Hawaiian community, and Hawai‘i families – Senator Akaka’s care, empathy, and compassion were evident to everyone who knew him,” Senator Hirono said. “At a time when Congress and our country are deeply divided, it would do all of us well to reflect on Senator Akaka’s commitment to working together with empathy and compassion and aloha for one another.”

Senator Akaka, the first and only U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian descent, served in Congress for nearly four decades. During his time in Congress, Senator Akaka racked up a long list of legislative accomplishments that include providing greater benefits for Native Hawaiians, improving services for veterans, recognizing Filipino WWII veterans, and strengthening consumer protections.

For text of the Senate resolution, click here.