Akaka Retiring: Ambassador Of Aloha Bridged Party Lines

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

Editor's Note: This is the final installment of a three-part series on retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Part 1: Akaka Retiring: Plenty Aloha, But What About Accomplishments?

Part 2: Akaka Retiring: Hawaii Senator Leaving Office With Legacy Bill In Limbo

Congress has become increasingly polarized in recent years with Republicans and Democrats seemingly unable to set aside ideological loyalties and compromise.

But the last politician to blame would be Sen. Daniel Akaka, whose abiding legacy will surely be his patient efforts to bridge that widening political gulf.

Sen. Jim Inhofe is an Oklahoma Republican and the political opposite of Akaka, but still considers him a close friend.

"He's always ranked among the most liberal and I'm always ranked among the most conservative, and yet we're truly brothers," Inhofe told Civil Beat. "In terms of what we stand for and our philosophy, we couldn't be further apart. But in terms of our relationship, nobody could be closer than Danny Akaka and I."

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