HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Here are some of the official statements released Wednesday on the announcement of the retirement of Sen. Dan Akaka.
Sen. Dan Inouye
"I want to thank Senator Akaka for his service to Hawaii and the nation. For nearly four decades, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate, Senator Akaka has fought hard for the people of Hawaii.
"He is a tireless advocate for Hawaii's residents and a true ambassador of Aloha. He has been a willing and loyal partner and we have worked very well together over these many years.
"We have much more to do and I look forward to working with him over the next two years. Kanieala, thank you for your friendship and unwavering support. Irene and I wish you and Millie all the best in your future endeavors."
Rep. Mazie Hirono
"For the past 35 years, Senator Akaka has been a powerful advocate for the people of Hawaii. I am grateful for his life of service to Hawaii and our nation."
Rep. Colleen Hanabusa
"I would like to thank Senator Akaka for his lifetime of public service – and for all he has done for the people of Hawaii and our nation. He is an example of how one can be a great leader with humility and grace. Because of that, he has been a role model to me throughout my own career. I wish him, Aunty Millie and his family nothing but the best for a prosperous and exciting future."
Gov. Neil Abercrombie
"His soul is one with Hawai'i. His love for Hawai'i and ours for him is as one. He is a true son of Hawai'i that we welcome back home with hearts full of the aloha that is Daniel Akaka.
"The words aloha and Akaka are interchangeable. Daniel Akaka is Hawai'i."
Former Mayor Mufi Hannemann
"I would like to convey my personal gratitude and aloha to Senator Akaka, Millie and their ohana.
"As Senator Akaka has done throughout his public service career, he has acted with what he believes is in the best interest of the State of Hawaii, putting the people of Hawaii before any personal interest.
"We will miss his understanding hand, wise counsel and gentlemanly demeanor when he retires. While some may be curious, there will be plenty of time to discuss my own personal plans in light of his announcement.
"Today, however, is a day to sing Senator Akaka's praises. And there is much to sing about..."
Former Governor Linda Lingle
"Senator Akaka has served our state honorably for nearly 22 years and has been a strong representative of the Aloha Spirit to his colleagues in Washington, D.C.
"I worked closely with the Senator to gain support for the Akaka Bill and I still have hopes that this important legislation will come to fruition during the remainder of his term.
"I wish he and Millie the best as they make plans to return to our island home."
Former Congressman Charles Djou
"My family and I commend Sen. Daniel Akaka for his decades of public service to Hawai'i and our nation. We know it must have been a difficult decision for him to decide to retire after so many years of faithful service.
"It was an honor to have served with Sen. Akaka as part of Hawai'i's congressional delegation. No one better personifies the spirit of aloha in Washington DC better than Daniel Akaka. Hawai'i and America have been blessed by his gracious voice in government.
"As we wish Sen. Akaka well, our community can look toward a new generation of leadership in the US Senate with the 2012 election."