A ‘Maui mahalo’ to Akaka

FIRST PHOTO: Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka delivers remarks Thursday night during the “Maui Mahalo to Sen. Daniel K. Akaka” gala celebration and fundraiser for the Maui Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival, which continues through Sunday at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. Akaka’s son, Alan, is one of the world’s leading steel guitarists and is performing at the festival.

SECOND PHOTO: Akaka is all smiles as he makes his entrance Thursday night at the festival. Behind him is his wife, Millie. The special event, “Maui Mahalo to Sen. Daniel K. Akaka,” was a gala celebration for the former senator and a fundraiser for the festival.