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Courtesy of Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka
Source Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka

To the People of Hawaii,

The end of my final term in the United States Senate is quickly approaching. As I begin the difficult task of closing my offices, I want to take this time to thank you for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve you for 36 years.

My dream was to work in a job in which I could help people, and you gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream. Throughout my career in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, my priority has always been to do what's best for Hawaii and its people. I am proud of my accomplishments on behalf of our federal workers, consumers, veterans and all the people of Hawaii. You have always been my first and foremost priority.

I will always be grateful to the people of Hawaii and will cherish the time I spent representing you in Washington, D.C. Although I will no longer be able to respond to your letters, please be assured that your views are very important to me. If you are encountering problems with a federal agency or need assistance in resolving a problem, I highly recommend that you contact the other Members of the Hawaii Delegation.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve you and for your trust and confidence in me.

With much love and aloha,
United States Senator

About Hawaii US Senator- Senator Daniel K Akaka
U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka is America's first Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry, and the only Chinese American member of the United States Senate.

Like many of his generation, Senator Akaka's youth was interrupted by World War II. Upon graduation from high school, he served as a civilian worker then in active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1947.

Following the war, Senator Akaka returned to school enrolling in the University of Hawaii. A strong believer in the power of education, he made it his career, as a teacher and principal in the State of Hawaii Department of Education.

First elected to the U.S. House in 1976, Congressman Akaka was appointed to the Senate when Senator Spark Matsunaga passed away, subsequently winning election to the office in 1990, and re-election in 1994, 2000, and 2006.

Personal Information

Date of Birth: September 11, 1924, Honolulu, Hawaii
Family: Wife: Mary Mildred Chong
Daughter: Mrs. Millannie K.A. Mattson
Sons: Daniel K., Jr.; Gerard K.; Alan L.; and Nicholas K.
15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren
Religion: Congregationalist (Kawaiaha`o Church)
Education: The Kamehameha School for Boys, 1942; University of Hawaii - Bachelor of Education, 1952; Professional Certificate - Secondary Education, 1953; Professional Certificate - School Administration, 1961; Master of Education, 1966.

Military Service: World War II - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (including service on Saipan and Tinian), 1945-47.

Professional Experience: Welder, Hawaiian Electric Company, 1942; Welder-mechanic, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1943-47; First Mate, schooner Morning Star, 1948; Teacher, 1953-60; Vice Principal, 1960-63; Principal, 1963-68; Chief Program Planner, Department of Education, 1969-71; Director, Hawaii Office of Economic Opportunity, 1971-74; Special Assistant for Human Resources, Office of the Governor, 1975-76; Director, Progressive Neighborhoods Program, 1975-76; U.S. House of Representatives, 1976-1990; U.S. Senate, 1990-present.

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