Press Release on Sen. Akaka’s Event

August 29, 2012
Contact: Troy Hashimoto, 281-3906

Maui Democratic Party Honors Senator Daniel K. Akaka

Caption Information:
IMG_5948: Mrs. Shirley Yokouchi greets Senator Akaka.

IMG_6169: Hawaii State Senate President Shan Tsutsui speaks with United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka.

IMG_6590:  Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo along with Councilmember Mike White, Michael Victorino, Don Couch and Joseph Pontanilla presents a Congratulatory Certificate to Senator Akaka.

IMG_6706 & IMG_6740: United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka thanks over 400 well-wishers for their continued support.

IMG_6858: Senator Daniel K. Akaka and his wife Millie Akaka after singing Hawaii Aloha with supporters.

Photo Credit:  Maui Democratic Party / Troy Hashimoto

Summary of Event/Background Information:
Over 400 supporters and well-wishers gathered this past evening at the Makena Beach & Golf Resort to celebrate the career and accomplishments of United States Senator Daniel K. Akaka.

The event hosted by the Democratic Party of Maui featured remarks by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Carmen ‘Hulu’ Lindsey, union representatives, a presentation of a Congratulatory Certificate by Maui County Council Chairman Danny Mateo, a Proclamation by Mayor Alan Arakawa presented by Managing Director Keith Regan and an introduction by Hawaii Senate President Shan Tsutsui.  Akaka was welcomed with a standing ovation and thanked the crowd for their support through the years.

Akaka, who has tirelessly worked for the people of Hawaii for more than three decades, has made extensive contributions towards helping veterans and their families, protecting the rights of Native Hawaiians, and strengthening our education system.

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

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