Three services were held in Honolulu on Friday and Saturday in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka.
Anna Akaka, one of Sen. Daniel Akaka’s daughters-in-law, rests lei on a mural behind the casket. The body of the senator, who died April 6 at age 93, lay in state in the rotunda of the Hawaii State Capitol for 24 hours beginning 10 a.m. Friday.
The Hawaii Army National Guard escorts the senator’s flag-draped coffin onto the Rotunda. Akaka served as a civilian worker in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1945, and served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947.
A Hawaii National Guard member bows her had while standing at post next to the late senator. Born in Honolulu on Sept. 11, 1924, Akaka graduated from the Kamehameha School for Boys in 1942.
Hawaii State Sen. Mike Gabbard and wife Carol pay their respects to the late senator’s wife, Millie Akaka, while the Akakas’ daughter, Millannie Akaka Mattson, looks on.
From left: Three of the senator’s sons — Alan Akaka, Danny Akaka Jr. and Dr. Gerard Akaka — perform with Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. at the Capitol Rotunda, part of Friday evening’s service.
Former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi was one of several VIP speakers. Others included former Govs. John Waihee, Ben Cayetano and Neil Abercrombie, and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.
Saturday’s “Celebration of Life” service at Kawaihao Church was open to the public, as were the services on Friday at the Capitol.
Saturday’s celebration included son Danny Akaka Jr. offering reflections of the senator’s five children. Grandson Dr. David Mattson speaks on behalf of the senator’s 15 grandchildren.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz hugs the late senator’s daughter Millannie Akaka Mattson before the Friday service begins. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono and U.S. Reps. Colleen Hanabusa and Tulsi Gabbard also paid their respects.
Gov. David Ige and wife, Dawn Amano-Ige, share a lighter moment with Hawaii Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald, at left, before the memorial service begins.
The Akaka family bids an intimate final aloha to their beloved patriarch. A private burial for the family will take place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Monday.
Chad Blair is the politics and opinion editor for Civil Beat. You can reach him by email at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @chadblairCB.
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