In his farewell address to Senate, Akaka was grateful for 'bringing aloha' to DC

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - On Dec. 12, 2012, U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka bid farewell to the Senate, a body he'd served in since 1990.

In his 15-minute farewell address, he took pains to urge his Congressional colleagues to work together.

And he called on Congress to help the government meet its obligations to veterans and to Native Hawaiians.

Of course, there was plenty of aloha in his speech. In fact, the word — and the heartfelt emotion — was in the very first sentence.

"I rise today to give my remarks and my aloha to the U.S. Senate," he said, in starting the address.

To read the full speech, click here.

Later in the address, he reflected on his legacy in Congress.

He said leaving the Senate was bittersweet. But, he added, it was time.

"In life, there are seasons. I am looking forward to spending more time with our five children and getting to know our 15 great-grandchildren, and — can you believe this — we are expecting our 16th great-grandchild next year, and I will be home to see it."

He added that his biggest goal over the course of his career was to bring "aloha to our nation's capital."

"In Hawaii, we look out for one another, we work together, and we treat each other with respect," he said. "I hope I succeeded in sharing a little bit of Hawaii with all of you."

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