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 in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1945 and then
in active duty in the U.S. Army from 1945 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.
Looks like a nice man with distinguished career. He has been in office too long and needs to be replaced.