David Kuraya comes from a long line of musicians and educators. He grew up surrounded by relatives who played with the Honolulu Symphony and Royal Hawaiian Band, taught band, directed choir or sang professionally. His father, Noel Kuraya, was the band director at Iao School in Wailuku for twenty-six years, and David continues his legacy as the current band director there.
David began the trumpet in 5th grade and continued through middle and high school, studying trumpet with Dan Timmerman. In college, he studied trumpet performance at Whitworth University with trumpet players, Dan Keberle, Chris Cook and Eric Moe. There he had the opportunity to play in the University’s top Jazz Band, Wind Symphony, and Brass Quintet.
He received his PBSE in Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, studying conducting under Henry Miyamura while earning his education credentials for the State of Hawaii.
David has also served as worship and music ministry coordinators at a number of churches including Knox Presbyterian Church in Spokane, Manoa Valley Chuch in Honolulu and Kahului Union Church here on Maui.
When David is not teaching at Iao School or performing weekly magic shows at the Maui Coffee Attic, he enjoys performing with the Maui Chamber Orchestra and the Chop Suey Jazz Orchestra.