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I was lucky enough to visit Senator Akaka in DC when I worked for the media. I watched him as he chaired his committee. I saw his powerful side and his loving side. He is one of the most incredible men I have ever met. When I ran into him around the Islands I would approach giving him my name because I didn't think he would remember. He would reply "I know" He would press his forehead against mine and take a breath, followed with a kiss. Reporters from the mainland would be shocked that a US Senator would greet a nobody in such a manner. That is just who he was. When my 7 yr old Great niece was murdered, he pressed the FBI to rush DNA results so my family would not suffer too long. He cared about his people as much as we cared for him. Mahalo Senator for your hard work and Aloha. You will be missed so very much.