Loretta Tuell jots down her notes, making a long list of accomplishments by her former boss, Senator Daniel Akaka.

Tuell noted, "For being 87 and 88 those last two years he worked non stop."
She worked for Senator Daniel Akaka on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee- fighting for the rights of native Hawaiians.

Akaka was the first Native Hawaiian US Senator and is most known for his 'Akaka Bill' that demanded federal recognition of Native Hawaiians.

Tuell says although the bill never passed, Akaka laid the groundwork for generations to come.
"So I feel like the work has been done but the humbleness of the senator and the communication realization that sometimes you're only here to advance an issue, you might not see the end product," Tuell added.
Akaka's legacy lives on at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.  A place where he gave many talks and worked to install a veteran's wall that will specifically honor native service members.

His work remembered on Capitol Hill as well.
"He always spoke with a strong voice," said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming (R-WY).
Barrasso recognized Akaka's service at the opening of the Indian Affairs Committee meeting this week.  And members of the Hawaii delegation are keeping his memory by their side.   
"His name is in that desk and at some point I will put my name in there too," said Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Senator Hirono uses Akaka's desk on the senate floor, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard says part of his legacy is how he represented Hawaii.
"Senator akaka inspired so many people through his example of embodying aloha. Of treating everyone with respect and with care and love and compassion," Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI-2) remembering Akaka.
Akaka's work, his service, and his aloha spirit continue on in Washington.