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U.S. Sens. Daniel Akaka, left, and Daniel Inouye greeted each other Wednesday during the 2011 Japanese American Citizens League dinner at the Japanese Cultural Center's Manoa Grand Ballroom in Moiliili. Akaka received the Japanese American Citizens League's 2011 Distinguished Service Award for his efforts to secure federal recognition for Native Hawaiians and his commitment to issues of equality as they apply to gays and lesbians in America.