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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
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Schatz sworn in to replace Inouye

WASHINGTON, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Less than 24 hours after Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz was appointed to the U.S. Senate, he was sworn in to succeed the late Daniel Inouye.
Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

Congress plays musical chairs but leadership stays the same

The political divide of the U.S. Congress remained the same after Election Day 2012, with Republicans controlling the House of Representatives and Democrats holding onto the Senate.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Vietnam War Pavilion in Honolulu dedicated

HONOLULU, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- A Veterans Day ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will include a dedication of the Vietnam War Pavilion in Honolulu, officials say.
McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

McConnell stiff-arms Obama, Senate Dems

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- After Democrats increased their U.S. Senate majority Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell challenged the president to "move to the political center."

Hawaii picks Hirono for U.S. Senate

HONOLULU, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Hawaiians sent Mazie Hirono to the U.S. Senate, with the congresswoman defeating former Gov. Linda Lingle in Election Day voting, official tallies indicate.

Report: 'Dirty bomb' materials unprotected

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Many U.S. hospitals don't have safeguards to secure radioactive materials from theft for use in a so-called dirty bomb, a draft government report reveals.

Congressional speeches drop a grade

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Speeches by members of U.S. Congress have dropped by nearly a full grade level since 2005, a Sunlight Foundation analysis indicated.
Obama joins family in Hawaii

Obama joins family in Hawaii

KAILUA, Hawaii, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama started his first day of vacation in Hawaii Thursday with a workout at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

Shinseki hearing before inauguration

WASHINGTON , Dec. 15 (UPI) -- A hearing on the nomination of retired U.S. Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki for secretary of veterans affairs will take place before Inauguration Day.

Analysis: Chertoff deputy quits DHS

WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Michael Jackson, the top deputy to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, announced Monday he would quit the department next month; an unexpected departure that has stoked congressional concerns about the turnover of senior officials at the department.
SHAUN WATERMAN, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor

Aging Tomb of Unknowns may be replaced

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A bill has been introduced in Congress to replace the Tomb of the Unknowns, one of Washington’s most iconic landmarks.

Senate denies vote on Hawaii bill

WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- A bill that would give Native Hawaiians a special national status similar to that of American Indians has failed to reach the floor of the U.S. Senate.

Akaka wants all U.S. vets cared for

WASHINGTON, May 27 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, said Memorial Day should be a time to remember not only those killed but also how we treat all U.S. military personnel.
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Daniel Akaka
United States Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) prepares to meet with veterans during a town hall meeting at the Kauai Veteran Center in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii on August 30, 2007. (UPI Photo/David Allio)

Daniel Kahikina Akaka (born September 11, 1924) is the junior U.S. Senator from Hawaii and a member of the Democratic Party. He is the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry and is currently the only member of the Senate who has Chinese descent. With the departure of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska he became the fourth oldest member of the United States Senate after Robert Byrd, Frank Lautenberg, and Daniel Inouye.

Akaka was born in Honolulu to Annie Kahoa and Kahikina Akaka. He entered the military immediately after high school graduation, serving from 1943 to 1947. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including service on Saipan and Tinian. He worked as a welder and a mechanic and spent his final months of the war as a first mate on the vessel Morning Star.

Entering college (funded by the G.I. Bill), he earned a Bachelor of Education in 1952 from the University of Hawaii. He later received a Master of Education from the same school in 1966. He worked as a high school teacher in Honolulu from 1953 until 1960, when he was then hired as a vice principal. In 1963, he became head principal. In 1969, he was hired by the Department of Education as a chief program planner. Akaka then continued working in government, holding positions as director of the Hawaii Office of Economic Opportunity, human resources assistant for state Governor George Ariyoshi, and director of the Progressive Neighborhoods Program.

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