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Daniel Akaka
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United States Senator
from Hawaii
In office
May 16, 1990 – January 3, 2013
Preceded bySpark Matsunaga
Succeeded byMazie Hirono
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1977 – May 16, 1990
Preceded byPatsy Mink
Succeeded byPatsy Mink
Personal details
Daniel Kahikina Akaka

September 11, 1924(1924-09-11)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
DiedApril 6, 2018(2018-04-06) (aged 93)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Chong
EducationUniversity of Hawaii, Manoa (BEd, MEd)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1945–1947[1]
RankUS Army WWII CPL.svg Corporal[1]
UnitCorps of Engineers
Battles/warsWorld War II

Daniel Kahikina Akaka (September 11, 1924 – April 6, 2018) was an American politician who was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1990 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, Akaka is the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry. He was the Senior Senator of Hawaii for a few weeks when Daniel Inouye died in December 2012.

He studied at the University of Hawaii. In 1969, he was hired by the Department of Education as a chief program planner. In the 1970s he served in various governmental positions. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1976 to represent Hawaii's Second Congressional District, and he served for 13 years.

Akaka died in Honolulu of multiple organ failure on April 6, 2018 at the age of 93.[2]


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