Kame Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo literally stands out.
At 6-3, he is the tallest listed player on Aiea’s football roster, towering over his teammates, who average around 5-6 to 5-8 in height. Additionally, his long last name is somewhat eye-catching to someone studying the Aiea roster.
But on the field, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo has emerged as a standout as well. The senior has become something of an ironman for Na Alii, lining up as a receiver, defensive back, placekicker, and punter. And against the Radford Rams, his versatility was on full display.
Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo opened the scoring for Na Alii, picking off a pass by Radford quarterback Randy Wright and returning it 35 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, he hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Zelius Maae-Liupaano, and added a 58-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter from Kobe Kato.
When the game ended, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo had caught five passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns, while adding three tackles and two interceptions on defense. He also averaged 39 yards on his three punts, while hitting a pair of extra point attempts.
“Kame is a talented kid,” Aiea head coach Wendell Say said. “We’ve always been trying to get him out of his shell, and get him to play up to his potential. We always tell him that his potential is way up there, and he’s playing way down there.”
Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo has been flashing that potential for a while. Last season, he totaled a school-record 202 yards receiving against Campbell, shattering the former record of 183 yards.
“Slowly, he’s been getting his performance up to his potential,” Say said. “But I think he still has a long way to go, because that potential is so high.”
But getting Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo to play at full intensity hasn’t been the easiest task for Say and his staff. While all rave about the quality of his character and work ethic, Say mentioned that Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo’s quiet demeanor sometimes wins out.
Still, that talent and work ethic only heightens the ceiling for the towering senior. During Aiea’s Senior Night ceremony, Kim Choy-Keb-Ah Lo answered the question of “Where do you see yourself in five years” with a well-thought out response.
The senior said he hopes to be graduating from Oregon State, with a degree in engineering. Such is the reason that Say believes his talented senior will find success in the future.
“When we talk to our kids, we tell them the only way they can be successful is when they play for each other, and aren’t selfish,” Say said. “He’s a good kid. No matter where he goes, he’ll make any program proud.”