When we claim our kuleana, as kanaka, to malama Hawaii and our people, we are exercising the most powerful parts of self-determination. Those efforts to preserve, protect and perpetuate our ike, our aina, our ohana and our communities, regardless of external forces,...
Mr. President, the Federal Government must also begin the healing process. Not until our Nation understands the significance of the events surrounding the 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i will American people appreciate the meaning of the Native Hawaiian rights movement, which grows each day.
Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Senator (1993) Senate floor debate on P.L. 103-150, the Apology Resolution
When people all across the country didn’t know about this issue, Senator Akaka was the one who made sure we did. He has been a champion for the people of Hawaii. He is always working hard and thinking big to realize this ideal for the native population of his State. They are truly fortunate to have Senator Akaka as their Senator.
Barack Obama, U.S. Senator (2006)