|Mourning the loss of former
Senator Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)
We all experience love and loss in our own way. Sometimes we are ready
for it and other times they creep on us when we least expect it. This past
week saw a series of highs and lows for Asian Americans and Pacific
Islanders (AAPIs) on Capitol Hill.
As community members we're still mourning the death of former U.S.
Senator Akaka, U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth’s newborn Maile took her
first breath of life on April 9. Sen. Duckworth gave a touching statement
about Sen. Akaka helping to name both of her daughters.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sen. Akaka, the first Native
Hawaiian in Congress, who is survived by his wife and children.
We thank him for bringing the Aloha spirit to Washington, D.C., and
representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community at a time
when a handful of AAPIs served in U.S. Congress. He was also part of the
initial team that fought for the passage of benefits for Filipino World War II
Senator Daniel Akaka