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Two Hawaiian politicians have died this week: the former mayor of Honolulu, Frank Fasi, and now the former congressman Cec Heftel.

Mr. Fasi , 89, served six terms as mayor, longer than anyone else in Honolulu history. The Honolulu Star-Bulletin remembers him as a "combative populist visionary" who accomplished plenty in municipal government but repeatedly mounted losing campaigns for governor and U.S. Congressman.

Mr. Heftel, 85, was a Honolulu broadcasting executive and Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1986, when he resigned to run for governor.

According to the Honolulu Advertiser, Mr. Heftel settled in Hawaii in 1964 and later bought a TV station whose "Checkers and Pogo" show aired from 1967 to 1982 and was "a wildly popular afternoon children's broadcast that a generation of Hawaii residents still recall fondly."

By Emma Brown  |  February 6, 2010; 2:22 PM ET
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