|Mayor of Hawaii County|
1988 – April 12, 1990
|Preceded by||Dante Carpenter|
|Succeeded by||Larry Tanimoto|
|Died||April 12, 1990 (age 70)
Akana worked for the Hawaii Electric Light Company as a design planner before his retirement. He unsuccessfully ran as a candidate for elected office on ten separate elections over the course of twenty years before being elected Mayor of Hawaii County in 1988.
In 1988, Akana challenged incumbent Democratic Hawaii County Mayor Dante Carpenter in the mayoral election. Akana, a Republican, was considered a long shot candidate for the office. However, November 8, 1988, Akana pulled off an upset victory by unseating Carpenter in the election. He was sworn into office in 1988.
Akana died of stomach cancer while in office on April 12, 1990, in Hilo, Hawaii, at the age of 70. Akana's managing director, Larry Tanimoto, became acting Mayor of Hawaii upon his death. Tanimoto remained in office for eight months until a special mayoral election could be held to fill the remainder of Akana's term in office.
Lorraine Inouye, a member of the Hawaii County Council, was elected to succeed Akana for the remainder of his term. She defeated her nearest rival, Stephen Yamashiro, by just 76 votes to become mayor.
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