'A great man': Hawaii mourns Akaka's loss — and recalls his legacy

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Across the state and nation Friday, leaders and average folks are remembering U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka, the beloved former Congressman who was proud of his unofficial title: "Ambassador of aloha."

"He accomplished a lot for the state of Hawaii," said G. Kaleohano, who was walking in Downtown Honolulu on Friday. "His legacy will be to try to help the Hawaiian sovereign movement, the sovereignty for Hawaii."

One woman teared up when she heard Akaka had died.

"He was a good man, a very good man," she said. "His legacy would be what he did for Hawaii.

Russell Satele said Akaka brought Hawaiian sovereignty issues "to the forefront in DC."

"He'll definitely be missed.

On social media, people also posted tributes to Akaka.

"It was an honor to meet Senator Akaka," wrote Heather Pence on Facebook. "He did so much for Hawaii and our country."

"I will miss him greatly," added Yohana Barata.

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