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Akaka, a Democrat from Hawaii who served on Capitol Hill for more than 35 in both houses of Congress and devoted himself to looking after the interests of his home islands, including legislation that uk canada goose brought belated recognition to Asian American veterans of World War II, died April 6 in Honolulu. He was 93.
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“He has a very strong spirit of aloha that he carries in him to Washington,” Neal Milner, a retired University of Hawaii political scientist, said of Mr. Akaka, “and that’s important for a politician from Hawaii.”
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Canada Goose Jackets Akaka, pictured with Senator Chuck Robb in 1995, served on Capitol Hill for more than 35. (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post)
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As a World War II veteran himself, he spearheaded legislation to reassess the wartime service records of members of the Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team and canada goose factory sale 100th Infanty Battalion, composed almost entirely of Japanese American soldiers. Engaged in some of the fiercest fighting in Europe, the units compiled some of the most exemplary combat canada goose uk outlet records of the war. Yet only one Asian American soldier, canada goose who had been killed in action, received the nation’s highest decoration for military valor, the Medal of Honor, at the time.
buy canada goose jacket cheap After a reevaluation by the Defense canada goose black friday sale Department, more than 20 Asian American veterans of World War II were awarded the Medal of Honor in 2000. One of them was Mr. Akaka’s fellow senator, Inouye, who had lost his right arm in battle. Mr. Akaka said the medals helped compensate for the canada goose uk shop institutional racism directed at many Asian American members of the military.
buy canada goose jacket In 1993, Mr. Akaka and Inouye successfully pushed through a resolution in which the federal Canada Goose Online government apologized for overthrowing the Hawaiian monarchy 100 years earlier, stripping islanders of their right to self determination.
He also led efforts to Canada Goose Outlet win recognition for Native Hawaiians as an indigenous group deserving of the same cheap canada goose uk sovereignty as Native American tribes elsewhere in the cheap Canada Goose United States.
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Canada Goose Parka Mr. Akaka decried the “misleading attacks” uk canada goose outlet and “unprecedented obstruction” that led to the bill’s defeat. He reintroduced the bill in 2011, but it never reached buy canada goose jacket cheap the floor.
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canada goose black friday sale Mr. Akaka’s supporters said Washington was simply not accustomed to his humility or respectful of his quiet persistence on behalf of Hawaiians, particularly Native Hawaiians.
Canada Goose Outlet “I was taught not to be a showhorse but a workhorse,” Mr. Akaka told a Honolulu newspaper in 2006. “So, in a way, it’s been a part of me not to brag.”
Daniel Kahikina Akaka was born in Honolulu on Sept. 11, 1924. His father was of Chinese heritage. His mother was Native Hawaiian.
After graduating in 1942 from the Kamehameha School for Boys, a private college prep school specializing in Native Hawaiian language and culture, he joined the Army Corps of Engineers and served as a mechanic for two years during World War II.
canada goose coats He considered becoming a minister but instead received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Hawaii. He directed Hawaii’s Office of Economic Canada Goose Coats On Sale Opportunity from 1971 to 1974.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, the former Mary Mildred Chong; five children; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.