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Washington, DC - "I want to thank Senator Akaka, whom I have had the great honor to work closely with for over 25 years, for a career in service to the people of Hawai'i and our Nation. From his service in World War II to his years as a school teacher and principal in Honolulu to being an elected official in both houses of Congress fighting for those serving our country in and out of uniform, he has been a tireless advocate for the rights and protections of Federal employees. He brought the Aloha spirit to the halls of Congress as the first Native Hawaiian, and his presence will be deeply missed. On behalf of the entire Federal family, I want to extend a heartfelt mahalo nui loa and best wishes to him, his wife Millie, and his entire family. I know we all look forward to what he will do next."
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