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“I was a guitar student of David's at GC in 1980. It only lasted for a few months as we moved but I have never forgotten the things he taught me. He...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: John Joy - Oroville, CA - Student

“What I remember mostly about David was his intellect. He loved conversation and the sharing of ideas. Our band, Mosaic came together as musicians but...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Robert Bisordi - Seattle, WA

“David was the first friend I made as a terrified Freshman at my initial Speech and Debate tournament. My performance was not stellar and I think he...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Marcia Baker - Poulsbo, WA

“I have so many fond memories of David. I remember how much he LOVED to take pictures of Julie, from when they were very young until this very year....Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Jennifer Eaton Fieger - Nipomo, CA

“David was such a warm and loving man. He had a huge heart! He sure loved music! I remember watching him play when I was just a kid! He also loved his...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Holly McKenzie - Napa, CA

“I will never forget his smile and his warmth... ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Callie H

“My condolences to the family. I am sorry for your loss and hope the God of all comfort helps you through this time of distress. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Juanita M - CA

“A special and talented man. I didn't know he was an accomplished musician. A really great person blessed with a lovely wife. Gone too soon! Praying...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Pam & Steve Boersma - Phoenix, AZ

“Wow, wish I'd taken lessons from him at Showcase. He will be remembered, even by guys 10 years older in L.G. like me. Look for the beauty in all...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Charles Tripp - Los Gatos, CA

“David absolutely embodied the Aloha Spirit. I always appreciated his warmth, his many talents, his sense of humor, and his devotion to Julie. I will...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Kathy Bullock - Sunnyvale, CA

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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. - This video is a tribute and celebration of David's life and music. Enjoy and share David's smile, his passion and beautiful voice.