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Those closest to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka share fond memories

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    A public memorial service for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka was held Saturday at Kawaiaha‘o Church. Above, members of his family and those in attendance sang “Hawaii Aloha” at the end of the service.

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    Former Hawaii Gov. George Ariyoshi delivered the eulogy during former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka’s celebration of life at Kawaiaha‘o Church on Saturday.

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    Danny Akaka Jr.’s wife, Anna, danced a hula, blowing a kiss at the same time the late senator’s wife, Mary “Millie” Akaka, left, seated, did the same.

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    Gov. David Ige and his wife Dawn greet former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka’s wife Mary “Millie” Akaka.

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    Rev. James “Kimo” Merseberg says a short prayer before former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka’s casket leaves the church.

The late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka was remembered Saturday not only as a national political figure but as a devoted father, a man of musical talent and a person of deep spirituality. Read more

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