Pay Tribute to the Late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka Next Month
Longtime lawmaker to be remembered at the Hawai‘i State Capitol and Kawaiaha‘o Church.
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Public services for retired Sen. Daniel Akaka will take place next month, May 18 and 19, at the Hawai‘i State Capitol and at nearby Kawaiaha‘o Church, according to his longtime spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke.
Akaka died April 6 at The Villas at St. Francis at age 93.
The veteran lawmaker will lie in state for 24 hours in the courtyard of the state Capitol from 10 a.m. May 18 (Friday) until 10 a.m. May 19 (Saturday), according to Broder Van Dyke. His casket will be escorted there by military honor guards. A brief prayer service including music and speeches will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, Akaka’s casket will depart for the church, where visitation is scheduled to begin at noon, with celebration of life services at 2 p.m., Broder Van Dyke says. The family requests no flowers.
Akaka’s brother, the late Rev. Abraham Akaka, was the longtime pastor of historic Kawaiaha‘o Church.
Private burial services will take place Monday, May 21 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, says Broder Van Dyke.
Akaka was beloved for his many years as an educator, government worker, lawmaker, and gracious and humble Native Hawaiian leader.