POSTED: 2:19 p.m. HST, Dec 5, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 7:07 a.m. HST, Dec 6, 2012
Hawaii-born President Barack Obama recognized retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka Wednesday during the president's remarks at the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington D.C.
"I want to give a special shout-out to Sen. Danny Akaka, who has been such a tireless advocate for Native Americans throughout his career. You know that Danny is going to be retiring this year, and he's such a great friend," the president said, adding, "And as a Hawaiian boy, I've got to give him a little special props.
The event was held at the U.S. Department of the Interior.