Honolulu to pay tribute to former US Sen. Akaka

Honolulu to pay tribute to former US Sen. Akaka

HONOLULU (AP) - Honolulu will pay tribute to former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka as he celebrates his 90th birthday.

The retired senator turns 90 on Thursday. On Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the city will honor Akaka at an event at Mission Memorial Auditorium.

The event honors Akaka as being the only Native Hawaiian ever to serve in the United States Senate.

President Barack Obama is among the dignitaries who have offered congratulatory letters for the event.

Akaka served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1990. He served as chairman of the Senate veterans affairs committee from 2007 to 2011, then became chairman of the Indian affairs committee.

Akaka retired after not running for re-election in 2012.

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