DIALOGUE BY Karleen Chinen

Hawai‘i is mourning the passing of a man who lived aloha all his life, the type of person our society produces too few of these days. I’m writing, of course, about retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Kahikina Akaka, who passed away on April 6 at the age of 93.

We may not fully grasp our loss at this moment. Maybe it will hit home this summer when the gloves come off of our politicians as they elbow their way on to the general election ballot. If ever there was a person who chose to do it another way — a kinder, more civil way — it was Sen. Akaka. And maybe that’s why the loss feels more profound. Sen. Akaka showed us another way . . . the wise, old Hawaiian man way in how he lived his life.

Closer to home . . . I hope the AJA community never forgets that among Sen. Akaka’s many accomplishments is one for which we should always be grateful.

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