Kini’s mark lives on 44 years later

Mosi Tatupu and Ed Kini were two of the greatest running backs ever.

Back when Mosi Tatupu was the latest greatest running back ever, his closest competition for the title was Ed Kini of Saint Louis.

As time has gone by, though, Tatupu’s school records have been eclipsed by the likes of Ryan Tuiasoa and Wayne Taulapapa. Kini is still holding on, though, as the single-game rushing leader for Saint Louis with 283 in a 30-7 win over ‘Iolani way back in 1973.

Kini’s big day is the oldest school record in Hawaii Prep World’s collection, and only Adam Noga has come within 75 yards of it.

Kini was an ILH first-team all-star that year alongside Tatupu, who was the player of the year despite Kini’s Crusaders ending Tatupu’s prep career with a season-ending 21-20 epic win at Honolulu Stadium. Kini had 67 yards in that game to Tatupu’s 162 and Saint Louis went on to lose to Waianae in the first Prep Bowl.

Punavision has a video of the clash here

Whether Kini’s performance is the most unbreakable record on Oahu would be a matter of debate, as there are plenty others holding on to ancient marks.

Kainalu Tumpap could conceivably approach Kini, but it is doubtful any Waialua receivers would approach Burton Coloma‘s 247 yards receiving in 1974. No Bulldog has had even 200 since Branden Galapia in 2009 against Anuenue.

Below is the list of the oldest school records on the books. Which will be the first to fall? Which will be the last? Will Kahuku’s new experiment with the passing game knock Walter Santiago and Uli Abbott from the list?


  1. John Awong III August 25, 2017 9:00 am

    Proud St Louis Crusader Brother. Eddie ” Boy ” Kini.

  2. Ed Kini March 30, 2022 10:55 pm

    Mahalo to all the Crusader brotherhood! I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and our coaches that believed in us! The brotherhood odd the Crusaders!!!

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