Hawaii News Aloha Order of Merit might add outgoing Sen. Akaka to ranks By Associated Press April 1, 2012 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. Retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka could be the next inductee into the Aloha Order of Merit. A resolution introduced by almost the entire state Senate approves Akaka’s selection to the order because of his statesmanship and his tireless work to improve Hawaii. A Senate committee approved the resolution on Friday. Akaka served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1990, when he became the first Native Hawaiian elected to the U.S. Senate. Throughout his career, he has worked for the betterment of the state and has embodied the aloha spirit, the resolution says. The Aloha Order of Merit, established in 1993, honors people who have achieved national or international recognition in their fields and have provided extraordinary service to Hawaii. Previous Story Arson suspected in fatal blaze Next Story Young writers find a loving publisher: Thanks, Mom and Dad!