September 30, 2020, Heaven called our beloved Kevin Dean Halehaku Aki home after 55 years of living life to the fullest. Kevin had a love for God and serving our Country. He was a dedicated and loving husband, father of four beautiful children and three grandchildren.
Kevin was born on October 31, 1964 at 9:59 am in Honolulu, Hawaii to Rodney and Carol Aki. On July 21, 2000, he married Colleen Elizabeth Lowe, and they raised three daughters, Britanny Nicole Hauoli Aki, Carson Elizabeth Johnson and Skyler Analise Malia Aki and son, Zachary Hawkins Kapena Aki.
Kevin humbly and honorably served his nation for twenty-four years.
In 1985 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served four years as a Fire Protection Specialist before transferring to the United States Army. In 1988 he attended helicopter flight training at Fort Rucker, AL, where he qualified as an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot and later as an AH-64D Apache Longbow, Attack Helicopter Pilot.
In 2003, he was chosen to attend the Dutch Language Program in Washington D.C. and then deploy to the Netherlands to instruct the Royal Netherlands Air Force Apache pilots. He was deployed to Afghanistan alongside his Dutch comrades to fly in support of NATO relations.
Kevin’s last active duty assignment was at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia where he served as an Aviation Tactical Operations Officer.
In 2009 Kevin retired honorably as an accomplished Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) with the following military career achievements:
Army Superior Unit Award (2nd Award)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
The Master Army Aviator Badge
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal (4th Award)
Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award)
Army Good Conduct Medal
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award)
Air Force Overseas Service Long Tour
Air Force Training ribbon
Beyond his primary passion of flying in service to his nation, Kevin had a wide range of interests and talents that he deeply pursued with passion and excellence. He loved to surf, cook, fish, golf, dance, breakdance, motocross, mountain bike and loved to sing as he was an avid music lover.
Kevin lived an extraordinary life and selflessly and eagerly shared his favorite hobbies with family and friends.
Kevin was predeceased by his father Rodney Aki and his mother Carol Aki. He is survived by his wife Colleen, his four children, Britanny, Carson, Zach, and Skyler, his grandchildren; Solstice,
Sawyer and Collins, his brothers; Darin, Kaipo and Mark as well as several cousins, aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 o’clock p.m. on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 at Destiny Worship Center on 122 Poinciana Blvd. Miramar Beach, FL 32550.
His interment will be at a later date in the National Cemetery of the Pacific "Punchbowl" in Honolulu, Hawaii.
For those wishing to honor Kevin’s life and wishes, donations may be made online to Warriorsurf.org and Americancancerfund.org.
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American Cancer Fund (ACF)
Warrior Surf Foundation
P.O. Box 585, Folly Beach SC 29439