'A legacy of service': Akaka honored on floor of US Senate

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the floor of the U.S. Senate, the late U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka was honored Monday as a tireless advocate for the little guy — and a believer in the power of aloha.

"Sen. Akaka embodied the aloha spirit," said U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

"From meeting nearly every Hawaii family who came to his office for a Capitol visit tour to serving as a tireless advocate for veterans, the Native Hawaiian community and Hawaii families ... Sen. Akaka's care, empathy and compassion were evident to everyone who knew him.

Akaka died Friday at the age of 93. He served for 36 years in Congress, where he was known as the "ambassador of aloha."

In the Senate tribute, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said Akaka leaves "behind a legacy of integrity, kindness and service to Hawaii."

Added Schatz, "He showed the world what Hawaii represents."

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