AKAKA, Daniel Kahikina, (1924 - )

Senate Years of Service: 1990-2013
Party: Democrat

AKAKA, Daniel Kahikina, a Senator and a Representative from Hawaii; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 11, 1924; attended the public schools of Hawaii; graduated, Kamehameha School for Boys (high school) 1942; University of Hawaii: B.E., education 1952; professional certificate in secondary education 1953; professional school administrator’s certificate 1961; M.E., education 1966; served in United States Army 1945-1947; teacher 1953-1960; vice principal 1960; principal 1963-1971, all in Hawaii; program specialist, Compensatory Education 1968-1971; director, Hawaii Office of Economic Opportunity 1971-1974; special assistant, Hawaii Office of the Governor 1975-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1977, until May 16, 1990, when he resigned; appointed to the United States Senate on April 30, 1990, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Spark Masayuki Matsunaga and began his term May 16, 1990; elected by special election on November 6, 1990, as a Democrat to complete the term ending January 3, 1995; reelected in 1994, 2000, and 2006, and served from May 16, 1990, to January 3, 2013; chair, Committee on Veterans Affairs (One Hundred Tenth and One Hundred Eleventh Congresses), Committee on Indian Affairs (One Hundred Twelfth Congress); was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate in 2012.