Hawaii's first-ever marine highway named after late Sen. Daniel Akaka

Hawaii's first-ever marine highway named after late Sen. Daniel Akaka

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three months after the passing of the late Sen. Daniel Akaka, a new highway is named after him — but it's not on land.

Akaka's family helped bless Hawaii's first-ever Marine Highway on Monday, which includes the shipping lanes between the Hawaiian Islands.

"Dad loved the ocean, he was a sailor, he was a navigator, he sailed the south pacific before I was born," said his daughter, Millanie Akaka.

The designation provides federal resources to help move cargo through the state's harbors. The late senator helped to build Oahu's pier infrastructure with the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940s.

The new highway is now part of America's Marine Highway program.

"I was so, so, honored and my family, and my children, to have this dedicated to my husband today," said Millie Akaka, the late senators wife.

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