Mililani’s Shane Kady got an early start in the trenches

Mililani's Shane Kady started playing football at age 5 and has worked his way up into a Division I recruit and three-year starter for the Trojans. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

Shane Kady was 5 when he started playing football.

It was for the Kihei Dolphins on Maui and his father, Kevin, was the coach.

He went on to play Pop Warner in New Jersey for a little while before returning to the islands. He’s now a three-year starter at defensive end for the fourth-ranked Mililani Trojans (8-4), who play Friday night in the Open Division semifinals of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships against top-ranked Saint Louis (10-0) at Aloha Stadium.


Kady is headed to Oregon State next fall, where he will fit a need as a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid.

He will miss the friends he made and the closeness of the Trojans, especially the defensive unit that just may be the best the school has ever seen.

It was a seven-day preseason trip to Samoa when Kady started to realize just how special this Mililani team was.

That’s also a time when he and his buddies were tested in trying circumstance.

“Toward the end, we really wanted to go back home,” he said. “We were running out of clothes and all that. We went to our flight after cleaning up the big gymnasium where we were staying and enjoying the last few moments in Samoa. It was a small airport and a hassle to get through the TSA. We get on the plane and everyone fell asleep. The flight was 9 p.m. We woke up at 3 a.m. thinking we had landed, but we found out we hadn’t moved. Something was wrong with the plane. Everyone was sweaty and disgusting. We all got off the plane, got our luggage and went to a hotel. We made the best of it. We had a lot of fun at the hotel. It was right on the beach and we stayed up all night, swimming and really bonding. We made the best of a bad situation.”

The Trojans face an even tougher test Friday against the Crusaders, who have won 36 games in a row and are ranked No. 6 in the nation.

“We can’t make mistakes,” the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Kady said. “We have to play a perfect game. We want to play our best game. If we do that, that’s all that matters.”


  1. Trustno1 November 19, 2019 10:07 pm

    This Defense has a lot of studs and that’s all the linebackers. This unit is good but they are not the 2013 Defense team that was led by Furuta, KK Padello and Jake Afele and then the 2014 Defense team with a bunch of no names except for Rex Manu, ended up winning the first state championship ever for Mililani. I think the defense ended up with almost 30 picks that year. Anyways Kady is a beast and he’ll do good at Oregon State! Good luck to all the teams this coming week.

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