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Dan Inouye is Hawaii, and Hawaii is Dan Inouye,” Mr. Akaka said.

Mr. Inouye’s chief of staff, Jennifer Sabas, said Mr. Inouye was calm, in control and giving out instructions until the end. Then, “he penned ‘aloha,’ and went on to a better place,” she said.

“Aloha, boss,” she said in closing, as she stood beside his flag-draped coffin.

Mr. Inouye lay in state at both the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday and the Hawaii state Capitol on Saturday. A public service is planned for Friday on Kauai. His burial is expected to be a private, family event.