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Akana ‘ohana welcomes new addition


It’s way too early to recruit a newborn baby, but the latest addition to the Akana family certainly is already showing signs of great size.

University of Hawai’i basketball assistant coach Brandyn Akana and his wife, Joselyn, welcomed the addition of a son on September 6.

Tasi Ka’ihekauwila Akana weighed 9 pounds, 15.2 ounces at birth, and measured 21.5 inches long. He is the fourth child for Brandyn and Joselyn, joining daughters Braelyn and Keonilei, and son Tausilinu’u.

“We took him home already and everybody is doing well, resting,” Brandyn said.

Joselyn (Robins) is a former UH Rainbow Wahine volleyball player, and the birth of this latest child came on the same day that coach Dave Shoji broke the NCAA record for career victories.

(Photos courtesy Akana ‘Ohana)

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Brandyn Akana received additional good news over the weekend when the basketball website NextUpRecruits.com named him as the No. 2 assistant coach in the Big West Conference.

The website picked the top five assistant coaches from every NCAA Division I conference, and Akana was the only Hawaii representative on the Big West list.

Ali Ton from UC Irvine was ranked No. 1 in the conference, followed by Akana, Eric Brown of Long Beach State, Chris Davis from UC Davis, and Dedrique Taylor from Cal State Fullerton.

There was no specific criteria listed for the rankings, but the list was introduced with this:

While head coaches of high and mid-major programs get most of the shine when their programs are successful, sometimes hard-working assistant coaches get overlooked. Here at Next Up Recruits, we decided to rank the top 5 assistant coaches in each conference. Check out some of the top recruiters and basketball minds controlling benches all over America’s collegiate hardwood.



  1. Congratulations to Brandyn, Joselyn Akana and family! Wonderful to have four fine children!

    Know that Brandyn, Scott Fisher , Benjy Taylor, and Chris McMillan, work very hard for UH MBB program, kudos to all of them. They are helping to bring UH BB to prominence!

    Tasi a future Basketball player, or really whatever he chooses to do and make mom and dad proud!


  2. A Big Congratz to Brandyn, Joselyn and rest of the Akana Ohana and welcome Tasi.Looking forward to meeting up with you, and everyone face to face in December. Looking at the pic Tasi, you might be the first Akana to play Rugby…. lol

    Well done Brandyn for getting the recognition you deserve as assistant coach.

  3. Congratulations Akana Ohana – how awesome for you all!!! You are a great family and Tasi is blessed to be a new member. She will obviously be beautiful and strong – just like her mother and not playing Rugby as per Tonganator!! Happy that everyone is doing well and resting at home.

    Brandyn – congrats for your recognition too.

    PS. Uhfanzonly1 – glad to have you back – obviously listening to the doctors orders and taking a rest has worked wonders for you – or at least we all hope that you are much improved. Lots of love to you from Down Under.

  4. Congratulations, Brandyn, Joselyn — Nice Timing with #1107 (Beats 911); Welcome, Tasi

    Great Recognition of Whole Staff, getting called out by name is special as well
    OR by the accpmplishments and development of your players

  5. Big dude, future Warrior linebacker!!

  6. Sorry Brandyn – I thought he was a girl!!! Oh well even better – now two of each! And yes of course Tonganator is right!

  7. Aloha Aussie Mum and Dad , Harper Ohana!

    Very soon guys will be in season first practice. Still, cannot go out and about,(old timer, typical growing older as we all are!) however follow MBB on WI, Dayton does a great job! And of course, cable TV games and online BWC streams.

    Michael, and the whole team, a large group of great young guys, working extremely hard, beach workouts, (maybe Michael will be challenging for King of the Beach!)Open gym ,and in weight room.

    You all must have done a great job promoting T…T..m’s, we now see them at a Big Box store!

    Take care, and I hope you can see Michael soon. Great young guy from down under! He will bring the Thunder! For UH hoops!

    And Gib and a very good young assistant coach Brandyn Akana and newborn, plus his Ohana, developing something special for UH MBB! A lot of excitement with the UH MBB fan, new and old faithful!!


  8. Tonganator, Aussie Mum — Since ALL the Coaches make a point of visiting with All the Recruit/Player Families…
    iʻm thinking All the Families are excied for Brandyn & Immediate Family…

  9. Hey coach Akana,

    Laura Beeman said “Every successful D1 coach has an able assistant”!

    Einstein said “Not every award winning assistant has a Joselyn Robins”!

    You are credited for the recruitment of “The Incomparable Ten of 2013-14”..

    When will your nephew joins the TEAM?

    Tasi’s brother Tausiiinu’u is an awsome looking kid as well, we will be very patient in waiting for them to follow their Dad’s tradition of serving as the strong 808 presence: And not missing a beat at all that the Joselyn Jr’s will participate for their beautiful Mom.

  10. As I wrote before I became a silent part of the forum.
    This article and beautiful pictures baby warriors have caused me to still another post.

    Mum and Dad Akana congratulations
    enjoy the happiness brought by the birth of such a strong and healthy son

    This beautiful brother who is in the second picture has received a gift from mom and dad Akana
    most beautiful gift of life – his best friend

    The sisters were given another powerful protector – new brother

    Special greeting Mum Akana
    Be happy together and enjoy
    I wish you lots of fun and health

    My whole family sends you warm greetings
    Ozi always says the coach Akana .. what kind of king he is
    (This is the most positive thoughts about a person, a sign of admiration and respect)
    I’ll add to that thought … a new king is born

  11. Ozi Mum,

    We WI fans, and families, can see why Ozi loved his mum and ohana back in Croatia so much!

    Beautiful thoughts, thank you for bringing a ray of sunshine to the WI forum. This is a fan, family friendly, well we always strive to be, site, thanks to Dayton Morinaga , WI staff and sponsors!

    Keep us informed how Ozi is doing!

    And you are correct, Brandyn and Joselyn are great young parents, they are family oriented, and have very beautiful progeny!

    You take care Ozi Mum, all of WI Ohana say Aloha and Mahalo!


  12. Ozi Mum,

    Mahalo for Your Continued Insights and Contributions…

    Our Very Best to You and Your Family Always…
    i KNOW i’m Not the Only Ozren Fan….
    Appreciate as many Updates as you can…

    Aloha No from UHMBB Ohana

  13. UR baby is so cute I just want to squeeze him.

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