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Posted on: Wednesday, February 14, 2001

Moloka'i musician David 'Bla' Robins dead at 57

By Timothy Hurley
Advertiser Maui County Bureau

David "Bla" Eugene Robins, a musician from Molokai who performed in various Friendly Isle bands and played backup for Don Ho, Melveen Leed and others, died Friday at the age of 57.

Robins succumbed to diabetes and renal, liver and congenital heart failure after a monthlong battle at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.

Robins, who was born Feb. 1, 1944, on Molokai, was a member of the Molokai Ebbtides and FIBRE, performing at the Seaside Inn, Kane’s Bar, Hele On and Pau Hana Inn. He was also a musician for Moana’s Hula Halau, Halau Hula O Kanani and many community functions.

A retired school bus and tour driver, Robins was also a member of the State Council of Hawaiian Homesteaders and the Ahupuaa O Molokai, as well as president of Kamiloloa-One Alii Homesteaders Association and the Kaunakakai ward choir of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He is survived by his wife, Maileann "Cookie" Battad-Robins; daughters, Eleanor "Ellie" Robins of Oahu, Moana (Steven) Cumberland of Oregon and Elea (Pulani) Kahokuloa of Molokai; son, Teva Robins of Molokai; hanai children, Kainoa Hepa of Milwaukee, Benevee McGee of Molokai, Skylar McGee of Arizona, and Hulunani Silva and Kolokea Melcher of Molokai; sisters, Eugenia "Gena" Sasada of Kalaupapa, Shirley Aki Rawlins of Molokai, Norma "Lei" Akima of Maui and Helena Nahoopii of Oahu, and extended sister, Bertha Adachi of Molokai; and brothers, Joseph "Bully" Kupukaa of Oahu, James "Kimo" Kaopuiki of Texas and Halona Kaupoiki of Molokai, and extended brother, Gordon Spaulding of Oregon.

A memorial service will be held on Oahu at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kalihi, to be followed by a potluck. Aloha attire is requested.

On Molokai, a service will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaunakakai, with luncheon to follow. Aloha attire is requested.

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