BY CHARLES DJOU – My family and I commend Sen. Daniel Akaka for his decades of public service to Hawai’i and our nation.  We know it must have been a difficult decision for him to decide to retire after so many years of faithful service.

It was an honor to have served with Sen. Akaka as part of Hawai’i’s congressional delegation.  No one better personifies the spirit of aloha in Washington DC better than Daniel Akaka.  Hawai’i and America have been blessed by his gracious voice in government.

As we wish Sen. Akaka well, our community can look toward a new generation of leadership in the US Senate with the 2012 election.

Charles K. Djou was a Member of Congress (2010-11) representing Hawaii’s 1st District

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Charles Djou is a former Republican Congressman from Hawaii who served in the US House in 2010. Before that, he was in the Honolulu City Council and Hawaii State House of Representatives.