“I have witnessed how education opens doors, and I know that when sound instruction takes place, students experience the joys of newfound knowledge and the ability to excel.”
– U.S. SENATOR DANIEL K. AKAKA
The Hawaii State Department of Education mourns the passing of U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka, a lifelong champion of education. Prior to his political career, Senator Akaka was a teacher and administrator in our public schools. He was the first principal of Pohakea Elementary, which he named. Throughout his time in the U.S. Congress he worked to strengthen the futures of younger generations by ensuring that all students had access to high-quality educational opportunities while bolstering financial education.
During his years of retirement, Senator Akaka continued to give back to our schools, donating books, encouraging students to improve themselves through education, and serving as an example of how to lead with aloha.
Mahalo nui loa, Senator Akaka. Your legacy shines on.