Late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka to lie in state before private burial

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Memorial services for the late U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka were announced on Tuesday.

Senator Akaka will lie in state in the Hawaii State Capitol rotunda for 24 hours, from Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m. until Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. 

During that time, the public will be allowed to pay their respects.

A brief prayer service with music and speakers will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18. 

Shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, Senator Akaka’s casket will leave the Capitol for Kawaiahao Church, where there will be a celebration of life service.

Visitation will begin at noon and the service will start at 2 p.m.

The celebration of life service is open to the public.

A private burial for the family will take place at the National Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl on Monday, May 21.

The family asks for no flowers.

Akaka died on April 6, 2018 at the age of 93.

He spent 36 years representing Hawaii in Washington, D.C.

He was in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1990. 

Then, Gov. John Waihee appointed him to the U.S. Senate after the death of Spark Matsunaga. In a special election to fill out the remainder of the term, Akaka announced then his intention to remain in that office.

He served in the U.S. Senate from 1990 to 2012.

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