|United States Senator
May 16, 1990 – January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||Spark Matsunaga|
|Succeeded by||Mazie Hirono|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Hawaii's 2nd district
January 3, 1977 – May 16, 1990
|Preceded by||Patsy Mink|
|Succeeded by||Patsy Mink|
|Born||Daniel Kahikina Akaka
September 11, 1924
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Hawaii, Manoa|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1945–1947|
|Unit||Corps of Engineers|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Daniel Kahikina Akaka (born September 11, 1924) is 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.
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