Maui Democratic Party Honors Senator Akaka
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.
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.
Akaka will be retiring in January after 36 years of congressional service.
He was first elected to the US House in 1976, and was appointed to the Senate upon the passing of Senator Spark Matsunaga.