Forces Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, and as a senior member on the Natural Resources Committee.

Mr. Abercrombie is married to Dr. Nancie Caraway. They live in Lower Manoa Valley with their dog, Kanoa, and their cat, Che.


U.S. Senator Daniel Kahikina Akaka is America’s first Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry, and the only Chinese American member of the United States Senate. Like many of his generation, Senator Akaka’s youth was interrupted by World War II. Upon graduation from high school, he served as a civilian worker then in active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to 1947. Following the war, Senator Akaka returned to school, enrolling in the University of Hawaii. A strong believer in the power of education, he made it his career, as a teacher and principal in the State of Hawaii Department of Education. First elected to the U.S. House in 1976, Congressman Akaka was appointed to the Senate when Senator Spark Matsunaga passed away, subsequently winning election to the office in 1990, and re-election in 1994, 2000, and 2006. Senator Akaka is chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia. Senator Akaka also serves on the Armed Services, Indian Affairs and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committees.

Raised in a deeply religious family, Senator Akaka is a member of the historic Kawaiaha’o Church where he served as choir director for 17 years. He and his wife Millie are the parents of four sons and a daughter who have blessed them with 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.


Carl Bonham was a founding member of the University of Hawaii Economy Research Organization (UHERO) in 1999, and currently serves as UHERO’s executive director and associate professor of economics. Dr. Bonham’s research interests, include macroeconomics, applied dynamic econometrics, tourism economics, and the Hawaii economy. His current research includes development of dynamic factor models using daily, weekly, and monthly data on Hawaii’s visitor industry to produce high-frequency forecasts of visitor arrivals and spending. Other work in progress includes a study of the effects of airfare on visitor travel decisions, and the impact of important agricultural land designations on Kauai. Recent publications include, “Modeling Tourism: A fully identified VECM approach,” with Byron Gangnes and Ting Zhou in the International Journal of Forecasting. Dr. Bonham serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Travel Research, as a member of the State of Hawaii Council on Revenues, and on the

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