ON THIS DATE IN 1945: Kamehameha rues Iolani’s return

George Liu was an important part of Iolani's depth in 1945 before becoming a starter the next season.

Iolani returned to the ILH after sitting out three years during World War II and didn’t take long to make an impact.

On this date in 1945, coach Father Bray and all-star center Edward Hamada called on a couple of backups to make big plays and the Raiders stunned Kamehameha 14-0 in front of 12,000 fans at Honolulu Stadium.

Bray countered Kamehameha’s superior size with frequent substitutions and it led to a surprising shutout of one of the league’s favorites.

Backup quarterback and baseball star Harry Masaki was the first hero, scooping up a blocked punt by Francis Lum and returning it 24 yards for the first score. Wallace Wong made the extra point.

Iolani’s second score came when Masao Yonamine picked off a pass from Robert Moore and returned to to the 21. Backup fullback George Liu came in for injured starter Aloma Leota covered 19 yards on two plays before Yonamine punched it through.

Iolani was doped to be the team to beat but finished the season 3-6-1 and its big upset couldn’t prevent Kamehameha from winning the ILH.


  1. COVID IS REAL October 13, 2020 6:35 pm

    Punahou was having illegal practices today at Manoa Park around 5pm. HPD was on the scene and forced them to end practice. Most of the kids were wearing Punahou Practice Uniforms and were in pads. There were about 30-40 kids. About an equal number of adults were watching. This is so bad.

    First of all there is COVID and rules. This shows that the adults running the practices are above the rules and what they feel like doing is more important than lives. The kids who participated are close to being adults so they should know better. The adults watching, assuming they are the parents should be shame to condone this.

    Most people want to get back to their normal lives. But most people follow rules since it protects and saves lives.

    I hope the HHSAA, ILH, and Punahou Administration disciplines everyone who was involved.

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