Aiea’s Kuia recognized as school record holder

Kali Kuia holds both the single-game and career passing marks for Na Alii. Star-Bulletin file photo.
Kali Kuia holds both the single-game and career passing marks for Na Alii. Star-Bulletin file photo.

For two days, Aiea senior Kobe Kato was thought to be the single-game record holder for Na Alii in passing after his 394-yard performance in a 46-30 loss to Campbell on Saturday.

It got the attention of a reader who remembered Kali Kuia, who quarterbacked Aiea from 2003 to ’05, throwing for more than 400 yards in a game.

Turns out, the reader was right. There was a discrepancy in stats listed in both the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin from a game on Sept. 27, 2003. Aiea beat Waialua 49-13 and Kuia was listed with 316 yards in one paper and 436 in the other. Pretty big difference. Upon review of the box score listed in both papers, a long touchdown pass was not recorded in the passing stats of the smaller total. After looking it over again, the stats from the 436-yard game will be used, making Kuia the only Aiea quarterback to top the 400-yard mark in a single game.

Kuia went 10-2 as a sophomore and led Na Alii to a Division II state championship. Over his three years at Aiea, Na Alii went 24-11, including 14-9 in Division I after making the jump the year after winning the state tournament.

The additional 120 yards given to Kuia also puts him in elite company as one of 12 quarterbacks from Oahu schools to top 6,000 career yards.

Kuia played in 34 games (one win was by forfeit) and completed 62.5 percent (536-for-857) of his passes for 6,014 yards and 44 touchdowns with 39 interceptions.


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