Daniel Akaka, the first U.S. senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry, passed away on Apr. 6, 2018. He was the first – and, to date, only – Native Hawaiian U.S. senator when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate in 1990 by Gov. John Waihe‘e, replacing Sen. Spark Matsunaga upon his death. In an election later that year, the voters chose Akaka to continue in the position. Akaka went on to win the elections in 1994, 2000 and 2006 with a strong lead each time.