By BECKY BOHRER
HONOLULU (AP) - Sen. Daniel Akaka says he knew it was time for him to leave Washington when at a family gathering last year, he didn't recognize some of his grandchildren.
Akaka has spent 36 years in Congress, including 22 years in the Senate. And he says he looks forward to returning to Hawaii and reconnecting with his still-growing family, which includes five children, 15 grandchildren and, soon, 16 great-grandchildren.
During his career, Akaka built a reputation as an advocate for military veterans, federal employees and Native Hawaiians.
Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian to serve in the Senate and is 1 of the few remaining U.S. Army veterans of World War II serving.