David Kenneth Akina

  • Born: October 22, 1952
  • Died: June 17, 2020
  • Location: Los Gatos, California

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Tribute & Message From The Family


David Kenneth Akina was born in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii on 10/22/1952.
He and his family moved to Campbell, California in 1957.
David graduated from Campbell High School in 1970, went on to graduate from West Valley College and then attended San Jose State with a music major.
As a professional musician in the 1970's through the 1980's he loved entertaining at weddings and private parties with bands known by the names "Mosaic", "Flavor" and "Arnold". He taught guitar and piano in the 80's at Guitar Showcase in San Jose. He then went on to grow his manufacturer's rep business in Silicon Valley's electronics industry. After 15 years he left electronic sales to become a real estate appraiser.
David was a brilliant musical composer and played keyboard, piano, guitar and ukulele throughout his lifetime.
David lived with conviction, purpose and joy making our lives better for knowing him. Among his many colleagues, friends and his relatives in Hawaii he leaves behind Julie, his beloved wife of 36 years, sisters Pamahoa Akina, brother-in-law Joseph Kleinsmith, sister Sandi Akina Saenz, sister-in-law Jenny Akina and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother George Akina, his father David Kenneth Akina Sr. and his mother Phyllis Kimiko (Shimabukuro) Akina. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, a donation to your favorite charity in David's honor would be lovely.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will plan a celebration of David's life sometime in the future. For now, we appreciate hearing from you through this Obituary. Please share your stories, photos, music and expressions of love.

https://youtu.be/ZbGf2Spkyyw - This video is a tribute and celebration of David's life and music. Enjoy and share David's smile, his passion and beautiful voice.