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David Kawena is a supporting character in the Lilo & Stitch franchise. He is Nani's boyfriend and a good friend to Nani's little sister Lilo.


David Kawena is Nani's boyfriend. David is a great surfer. Like Nani, he also has trouble finding employment. He is also one of the only four recurring human characters (the other three being Victoria, Cobra Bubbles, and later Mertle) aside from Lilo's family who is aware of the aliens and experiments.


David is a good natured but clumsy individual. He is very kind and a good loyal friend to Nani, Lilo and their adopted ʻohana. He cares for Nani as more than a friend but is very patient with making the next move as he understands the stresses of finding and keeping a job and taking care of a family. When Nani states her ʻohana is a little strange, he states that her and Lilo's ʻohana is the tightest ʻohana he has ever known and wished he had as close a family bond, implying he is estranged or doesn't have strong family bonds, or that he doesn't have a family. He is not the smartest individual, but makes up for it with compassion and patience and can at times be wise, as shown when he teaches Lilo about Yin and Yang and working together with Stitch.

He treats Lilo like a little sister and helps watch out for her. He also enjoys hanging out with Jumba and Pleakley, inviting Jumba to go surfing with him and going along with Pleakley's plan to make Nani jealous by having Pleakley pretend to be his date in Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (though he was very reluctant and knew it wouldn't work). He can be very romantic and bashful when it comes to Nani, but cares for her deeply. He is also very calm, going along with whatever is happening and not losing his temper or freaking out and being peaceful, preferring talking and peacemaking rather than violence. Despite his mellow demeanor, David is capable of losing control to some extent as he panicked when he thought Nani was marrying Pleakley.


Lilo & Stitch

David first appears at the luau Nani works at as a fire performer, although he makes a mistake at the end and sets himself and the stage on fire. He is shown to be good friends with Lilo and Nani already. He later appears at the beach after Lilo and Stitch interfere Nani's attempt to be a lifeguard. He then encourages Nani to take Lilo surfing with them to improve their mood. He and Nani have fun together along with Lilo and Stitch throughout the movie and become great friends by the end of the film. 

Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch

David appears in Stitch Has a Glitch, where he tries numerous times to date Nani. However, Pleakley keeps interfering by trying to woo David himself (while dressed as a girl) in an attempt to make Nani jealous. David is later seen riding with Nani when Stitch runs away, due to his glitch, and mourning over Stitch's apparent death with the others. When Lilo's tears revive Stitch, David and the others cheer. He is last seen dancing the hula with Nani and the others. Nani briefly plants a kiss on David's cheek, much to his astonishment. He then smiles.

Stitch! The Movie

David is closer to Nani in Stitch! The Movie, though they have not officially dated yet. His role is also smaller here. When he considers the outing with Nani a date, she tells him that she doesn't think she's ready for an actual date. Later, David finds out from Lilo that Jumba was kidnapped by Gantu, to which he inquires, "The Big Dummy?", repeating what Lilo calls Gantu herself. When Lilo and Stitch go on a mission to rescue Jumba and the experiments, David is not seen again until the very end of the film.

Lilo & Stitch: The Series

David has an even smaller role in the series, although he does make several appearances in certain episodes, including "Richter", "Cannonball", "Yin-Yang", "Splodyhead", "Fibber", "Amnesio", "Poxy", "Hunkahunka", "|Swirly", "Morpholomew"and "Wishy-Washy". He was also mentioned in "Finder", where Nani was getting ready to go on a date with David and "Shush" where Lilo thought Nani was talking bad about David and calling him dumb to a friend on the phone while eavesdropping on her through Shush, only for Nani to reveal she was talking to David about a dumb male character they watched on a film they just saw

In "Richter", David comes by the house to tell Nani that her boss has requested her to come to work, even though it is her day off.

In "Cannonball", he tries to cheer Lilo up by taking her and Nani to the pool at the Birds of Paradise Hotel, despite the pool being reserved only for hotel guests, though they were caught in the end by Mr. Jameson. David was later seen at the end of the episode surfing the waves that Cannonball made. 

In "Yin-Yang", he teaches Lilo the meaning of Yin and Yang when she and Stitch have trouble working together. However, after two experiments get activated at the same time, Lilo and Stitch eventually team up and successfully capture both experiments, which they name Yin and Yang. After they were rehabilitated, Yin and Yang were seen working together to build a whole new island, and David was impressed when Lilo learned the meaning of Yin and Yang.

In "Splodyhead", David appears driving a motorboat alongside Nani, where they rescue Lilo, Stitch, Jumba, Pleakley, Gantu and Experiment 625 from the Forbidden Island of Niʻihau, which the group had been stranded on for hours.

In "Fibber", he heard Nani was getting married to someone (it was actually Pleakley, but they were only trying to fake marry to get his mother to leave him alone about needing to find a woman but Nani backed out at the last second). He then ran to her house with a bouquet of flowers and begged Nani to take him back, only for her to look at him confused and him hiding the flowers behind his back in embarrassment. After the charade was cleared up, when Pleakley's brother asked if he could marry Nani, both Nani and David exclaimed, "NO!" and blushed while awkwardly but flirtingly looking at each other.

In "Amnesio", David appeared near the end of the episode, where he attended Lilo's birthday party.

In "Poxy", David helped Nani get Lilo off a malfunctioning wave rider. He later went with Nani for wave riding.

In "Hunkahunka", he convinces Nani to go on a date, he gets pecked by Hunkahunka (a love-inducing experiment and one of Stitch's cousins) and temporarily falls for some other woman. 

In "Swirly", David apperas briefly in an introduction to the "Look at This" show.

In "Morpholomew", David was shown working as a fire burner at a luau before being interrupted by Lao Shi who began fire breathing to make a heart shaped fireball to impress Mrs. Hasegawa.

In "Wishy-Washy", he appears when Lilo wanted to have a perfect family consisting of her, Nani, and David so it would look like she had a normal family. She wished David was smart so he could be more attractive to Nani but it had the opposite effect because it made him too smart. This was caused by the wishing experiment Wishy-Washy. David then told Lilo that her family was perfect the way it was, and he wished he had a family as close as hers. She then wished David back to normal and he made up with Nani, who was more than happy to have him back the way he was.

Leroy & Stitch

David is only seen at the end of the film when Lilo takes a picture of her whole ʻohana (including all of Stitch's cousins from the series).


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Films and Television: Lilo & Stitch | Stitch! The Movie | Lilo & Stitch: The Series | Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch | Leroy & Stitch | Stitch! | The Origin of Stitch | Video
Soundtracks: Lilo & Stitch: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack | Lilo & Stitch: Island Favorites | Lilo & Stitch Hawaiian Album
Video Games: Lilo & Stitch (GBA) | Lilo & Stitch: Trouble in Paradise | Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626 | Lilo & Stitch 2: Hämsterviel Havoc | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Disney's Wonderful World of Reading

Disney Parks

Disney Animation Building | It's a Small World | Stitch's Great Escape! | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | Stitch Encounter | The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents Aloha e Komo Mai!
Entertainment: Celebrate the Magic | Disney's Showtime Spectacular | Disney's Wishes | Fantasmic! | Lilo's Luau & Fun | Mickey and the Magical Map | The Golden Mickeys
Parade: Disney's Stars 'n' Cars... As Never Seen Before | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Jubilation! | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash
Christmas: A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas


Lilo Pelekai | Stitch | Nani Pelekai | Jumba Jookiba | Pleakley | David Kawena | Captain Gantu | Jacques von Hämsterviel | Grand Councilwoman | Galactic Armada | Mertle Edmonds | Elena, Teresa and Yuki | Susan Hegarty | Cobra Bubbles | Moses Puloki | Mr. and Mrs. Pelekai | Ice-Cream Man | Mrs. Edmonds | Officer Kaihiko | Mrs. Hasagawa | Keoni Jameson | Mr. Jameson | Victoria | Charles and Mary | Sara | Mr. Cooper
Stitch! Characters: Yuna Kamihara | Obaa Kamihara | Penny | Sasha | Taro | Hiroman | Jessica | Tigerlily | Kenny | Ani Pelekai | BooGoo | Kijimunaa | Delia
Video Game Characters: Dr. Habbitrale
Experiments: Reuben | Sparky | Angel | Felix | Sample | Kixx | Richter | Cannonball | Yin | Yang | Mr. Stenchy | Phoon | Sprout | Clip | Shortstuff | Splodyhead | Slushy | Melty | Snooty | Skip | Shoe | Dupe | Fibber | Remmy | Poxy | Retro | Poxy | Tank | PJ | Houdini | Wishy-Washy | Topper | Belle | Holio | Spooky | Phantasmo | Bonnie | Clyde | Slick | Spike | Finder | Bugby | Nosy | Heckler | Frenchfry | Drowsy | Yaarp | Ploot | Babyfier | Gigi | Hannerface | Heat | Thresher | Plasmoid | Swapper | Sinker | Swirly | Hunkahunka | Amnesio | Elastico | Slugger | Checkers | Spats | Lax | Morpholomew | Doubledip | Hamlette | Gotchu | Forehead | Hocker | Zawp | Mulch | Shredder | Pix | Boomer | Cloudy | Manners | Woody | Wrapper | Blowhard | Derrick | Backhoe | Poki | Deforestator | Squeak | Ace | Glitch | Woops | Snafu | Link | Zap | Fudgy | Nosox | Stamen | Tickle-Tummy | Clink | Jam | Digger | Mary | Huggo | Slimy | Stopgo | Splat | Kernel | Sproing | Mashy | Butter | Choppers | Millie | Kingpin | Weasel | Carmen | Nodesserto | Vialet | Cooler | Crystallene | Precious | Chopsuey | Blake | Shrink | Twang | Mrs. Sickly | Stank | Pop | Dorkifier | Wormhole | Toons | Hertz Donut | Welco | Lorider | Witch | Sproutling | Evile | 628 | Leroy | Cyber | Dark End
Other: Elvis Presley | Pudge | Jimmy the Cockroach | Various Aliens | Various Robots | Tantalog language


Season One: "Richter" | "Phantasmo" | "Clip" | "Mr. Stenchy" | "Spooky" | "Holio" | "Cannonball" | "Yapper" | "Yin-Yang" | "Kixx" | "Splodyhead" | "Amnesio" | "Swirly" | "Fibber" | "Tank" | "Sprout" | "Elastico" | "Yaarp" | "627" | "The Asteroid" | "Topper" | "Melty" | "Houdini" | "Sinker" | "Nosy" | "Finder" | "Slushy" | "Dupe" | "Shortstuff" | "Angel" | "Felix" | "Poxy" | "Hunkahunka" | "Sample" | "Babyfier" | "Bonnie & Clyde" | "Slugger" | "Bad Stitch" | "Drowsy"
Season Two: "Spike" | "Frenchfry" | "Swapper" | "Shoe" | "Slick" | "Skip" | "Checkers" | "PJ" | "Ploot" | "Snooty" | "Retro" | "Belle" | "Morpholomew" | "Spats" | "Heckler" | "Wishy-Washy" | "Phoon" | "Bugby" | "Rufus" | "Shush" | "Lax" | "Remmy" | "Mrs. Hasagawa's Cats" | "Ace" | "Glitch" | "Woops" | "Snafu" | "Link"


He Mele No Lilo | Heartbreak Hotel | Stuck on You | Suspicious Minds | (You're the) Devil in Disguise | Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride | Aloha `Oe | Hound Dog | Burning Love | Can't Help Falling in Love | Rubberneckin' | I Need Your Love Tonight | A Little Less Conversation | Always | Aloha, E komo Mai | I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry | Jailhouse Rock


Hawaii | Honolulu | Kokaua Town | The Beach | Lilo's House | Animal Shelter | Hula School | Mertle's House | Mrs. Hasagawa's House | Birds of Paradise Hotel | Kilauea Lighthouse | Kauai Airport | Rental Hut | Beach Gym | Pineapple Water Tower | Farm | Bugopolis | Haunted House | Kiki's Coffee Hut | Japanese Restaurant | Beauty Parlor | Junior Dog Show | Pet Shop | Costumes | Hip Hop Fusion Studio | Orchard Falls Mall | Mart | Macki Macaw's | French Fry's | Shave Ice | World's Largest Sandwich | Jumba & Pleakley's Bed & Not Breakfast | Baseball Field | Golf Course | Observatory | Underwater Base | Waialeale Peak | Ali'i Trail | Kimo's Arcade | Onaona Skunk Farm | Kokaua Wildlife Preserve | Museum of Natural History Kauai | Kokaua Town Prison | Kokaua Town Lanes | Laundry Store | Gas Station | Cinema | Turo | Plorgonar | Prison Asteroid K-37 | Jumba's Lab | G.A.C.C. | Aloha Palooza | Lihue Airport | Izayoi Island | Okinawa New Town


Experiment Pods | Experiment Pod Container | Jumba's Computer | Plasma Cannon | Net Cannon | Galactic Cell Phone | Prison Capsule | Sample Extractor | Fusion Chamber | Projector | Time Machine | Protoplasmic Growth Ray | Plasmatic Englobulatron | Luggage | Scrump | Lilo's Experiment Book | Spiritual Stone


Jumba's Ship | Gantu's Ship | Manta Shuttle | The Red One | Police Cruisers | Dr. Hämsterviel's Ship | Tsunami Air Boeing 747 | Lilo's Ship | X-Buggy | Federation Ship | B.R.B. 9000 | G.A.C.C. Ship

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