WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 29 about Sen. Daniel Akaka's final committee hearing, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Akaka was the first Native person to chair the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian to chair the committee.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Sen. Akaka drops gavel on final committee hearing
Hawaii senator begins end of 22 years in Senate; last hearing focuses on Native identity
By SUZANNE GAMBOA
WASHINGTON (AP) — The goodbyes are beginning for Sen. Daniel Akaka (uh-KAH'-kuh), who will retire when the lame-duck session ends after 22 years in the U.S. Senate.
Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian in the Senate and the first Native Hawaiian to chair the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. He has held 43 hearings over two years as chairman, with his last one on Thursday.
Fellow senators lauded the Hawaii Democrat for his work for Indian Country. The hearing focused on preserving Native cultures and identities.
Akaka grew emotional before dropping the gavel for the last time. Rather than goodbye, he said: "It is with much aloha that I say to you now, 'A hui hou (ah hoo-EE' HOH'-oo),' see you again." Aloha is a Hawaiian greeting that also means love and care.
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