College - Hawaii
Jarinn Akana begins his first season with the Bucks after spending the last six campaigns with the Denver Nuggets. While with Denver, he held the positions of Scout (2005-07), Assistant Coach/Player Development (2003-05), Assistant Coach (2002-03) and Player Development/Asia Scout (2001-02). He also served as the Assistant Director of Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2000-01 season.

A native of Molokai, Hawaii, Akana was a three-year letterman at the University of Hawaii from 1991-94 and helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to the 1994 NCAA Tournament. He began his collegiate career at Brigham Young-Hawaii in 1988 before going on a two-year church mission to Vina del Mar, Chile.

Following his collegiate career, Akana was an assistant at Hawaii from 1995-97 before joining the coaching staff at Brigham Young-Hawaii from 1997-2000. Akana has also been active on the basketball clinic scene, instructing Pete Newell’s Big Man’s Camp and assisting former Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe with his summer camps. He has also done some guest coaching for the Chinese National Team (summer of 2001).

The fourth of 10 children, Akana earned all-state honors in both basketball and volleyball in high school. He enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing in his spare time. He and his wife, Karla, have two sons: Kaiki and Kaue.