Akana, 34, came to the Nuggets from the Dallas Mavericks, where he spent the 2000-01 season as the assistant director of player development under Kiki Vandeweghe.
Akana also serves as the Nuggets scout for Asia and was an assistant coach for the Chinese National Team at the 2002 World Championships in Indianapolis.
A native of Molokai, Hawaii, Akana was a three-year letterman at the University of Hawaii from 1991-94. Playing for coach Riley Wallace, Akana teamed with former NBA player Trevor Ruffin to 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 '95-97 before joining the coaching staff at Brigham Young-Hawaii from '97-00. He has also been active on the basketball clinic scene, instructing at Pete Newell's Big Man's Camp for the last 10 years.
Akana graduated from Hawaii in 1995 with a degree in communications. He put his degree to use following his playing career by providing analysis for University of Hawaii games on television and on radio broadcasts of BYUH contests.
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.
Akana and his wife, Karla, have a son, born this past summer.