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Maui Democratic Party Honors Senator Akaka

August 30, 2012, 8:42 AM HST
* Updated August 30, 12:32 PM
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Shirley Yokouchi greets Senator Akaka. Photo courtesy: Troy Hashimoto and Hawaii Democratic Party.

By Maui Now Staff

More than 400 supporters and well-wishers gathered at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort to celebrate the career and accomplishments of US Senator Daniel K. Akaka.

The event hosted by the Democratic Party of Maui featured remarks by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen ‘Hulu’ Lindsey, and union representatives.

There was also a presentation of a Congratulatory Certificate by Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo, a Proclamation by Mayor Alan Arakawa presented by the county’s Managing Director Keith Regan, and an introduction by Hawaii Senate President Shan Tsutsui.

Senator Daniel K. Akaka and his wife Millie Akaka after singing Hawaii Aloha with supporters. Photo courtesy: Troy Hashimoto and Hawaii Democratic Party.

Akaka, whose career in public service spans more than three decades, was recognized for his contributions towards helping veterans and their families, protecting the rights of native Hawaiians, and strengthening the education system.

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Akaka will be retiring in January after 36 years of congressional service.

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He was first elected to the US House in 1976, and was appointed to the Senate upon the passing of Senator Spark Matsunaga.

 

 

Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo along with Councilmember Mike White, Michael Victorino, Don Couch and Joseph Pontanilla present a Congratulatory Certificate to Senator Akaka. Courtesy photo: Troy Hashimoto, Maui Democratic Party.

US Senator Daniel K. Akaka thanks over 400 well-wishers for their continued support. Courtesy photo: Troy Hashimoto, Maui Democratic Party.

US Senator Daniel K. Akaka thanks over 400 well-wishers for their continued support. Courtesy photo: Troy Hashimoto, Maui Democratic Party.

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Hawaii State Senate President Shan Tsutsui speaks with US Senator Daniel K. Akaka. Courtesy photo: Troy Hashimoto, Maui Democratic Party.

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