Three Kahuku QBs have thrown for more than 300 yards

Walter Santiago was Kahuku's last 3-year starter at quarterback in the 1980s.
Walter Santiago was Kahuku's last 3-year starter at quarterback in the 1980s.
Walter Santiago was Kahuku's last 3-year starter at quarterback in the 1980s.

Passing outburts have been rare on the North Shore since 1973, with only three quarterbacks throwing for more than 300 yards in the program’s history. Here are those three times:

1. Walter Santiago shredded Pearl City for 325 yards in a 42-7 win in 1987, hitting Keala Hoe for 130 of them. Byron Jeremiah was enough of a threat running the ball that the Chargers had to stack the box, but Jeremiah still gained 144 yards. It was a rare outburst for Santiago, who passed for 277 in a 55-6 win over Kalani the week before but dropped back down to 38 yards in a win over Kaimuki after his 325-yard game.

2. Kolo Funaki threw for 317 yards in a 49-14 win over Campbell in 1995. Termaine Anderson was his favorite target, covering 122 yards. Ken Faavae led Kahuku with 128 yards on the ground. It was the only game that season in which Kahuku had more passing yards than rushing yards, and Funaki’s next-highest total was 180 yards against Leilehua two weeks later.


3. Inoke Funaki started the 2001 state tournament in style, passing for 307 yards in a 57-14 win over Lahainaluna. James Kammerer was his main recipient with 136 receiving yards and three touchdowns; Travis Kaka added 114 yards and another score. Mulivai Pula led the ground attack with 83 yards, touching the ball only 11 times. Funaki had four other games with more than 200 yards passing, but the shock he put on scouts in attendance over Leilehua allowed the Red Raiders to get back to the run in their next two state tournament games and complete an undefeated season.


New quarterback Tuli Wily-Matagi is in line to become the school’s first full-time three-year starter at the position since Walter Santiago in 1985-1988, but he won’t be asked to match Santiago’s 325-yard game. Since Reggie Torres became the head coach in 2006, only Evan Moe has passed for more than 200 yards in a game for Kahuku, putting up 221 in a 38-0 win over Roosevelt in 2010. Moe threw for more than 100 yards in a game 14 times for Torres, Lasi Livai did it eight times in the past two years and Jray Galaeai did it once in 2007.

Kahuku quarterbacks, 1973-2013
(State champions in bold)

  • 2013: Tuli Wily-Matagi
  • 2012: Viliami Livai
  • 2011: Viliami Livai
  • 2010: Evan Moe
  • 2009: Evan Moe
  • 2008: Allan Kubota
  • 2007: Jray Galeai
  • 2006: Richard Torres
  • 2005: Kaulin Krebs
  • 2004: Bronson Ponciano-Ahue
  • 2003: Waika Carvalho
  • 2002: Waika Carvalho
  • 2001: Inoke Funaki
  • 2000: Inoke Funaki
  • 1999: Vai Funaki
  • 1998: Wayne Fonoimoana
  • 1997: Robert Thompson
  • 1996: Robert Thompson
  • 1995: Kolo Funaki
  • 1994: Kolo Funaki
  • 1993: Ben Tanuvasa
  • 1992: Alema Atuaia
  • 1991: Alema Atuaia
  • 1990: Daryl Stant
  • 1989: Daryl Stant
  • 1988: Jason Heffernan
  • 1987: Walter Santiago
  • 1986: Walter Santiago
  • 1985: Walter Santiago
  • 1984: Thomas Heffernan
  • 1983: Lane Santiago
  • 1982: Lane Santiago
  • 1981: Lane Santiago
  • 1980: Warren Johnson
  • 1979: Louis Santiago
  • 1978: Timmy Welch
  • 1977: Timmy Welch
  • 1976: Timmy Welch
  • 1975: Josiah Hubbell
  • 1974: Josiah Hubbell
  • 1973: Allan Anae

COMMENTS

  1. posterized09 August 7, 2013 12:57 pm

    “New quarterback Tuli Wily-Matagi is in line to become the school’s first full-time three-year starter at the position since Walter Santiago in 1985-1988”

    How is that (above quote) even possible when he is about to be a Junior? He didn’t start at QB last year. Won’t that only be 2 years to be a full-time QB?


  2. Hawaii Prep World August 7, 2013 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the note. Kahuku’s roster has Tuli listed as a sophomore this season … we’re double-checking with coach Torres; do you know for sure that he’s actually a junior?


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