ON THIS DATE IN 1985: Kalani Hallums leads Waianae to Leeward crown

On this date in 1985, Kalani Hallums hooked up with Bryant Moananu twice to lead Waianae over Waipahu 14-6.

The victory in front of 6,083 at Aloha Stadium gave Waianae its tenth Leeward district crown in 11 years.

Hallums led the Seariders 64 yards on 10 plays on their second drive of the game, completing all three of his passes. He did it again on Waianae’s next drive, covering 45 yards on five plays after a punt. In a harbinger of things to come, Sam Bailey helped Hallums out with the passing game on that one, hitting John Halemano for 33 yards before Hallums and Moananu finished it up.

Hallums finished 6-for-10 for 103 yards and an interception, half of his completions going to Moananu for 42 yards. It was the most efficient passing day of his prep career, but it was also his last.

The Seariders went on to win the OIA West with a 20-7 victory over Radford and took the OIA 17-16 over Castle, but they did it without Hallums. The senior injured his collarbone against Waipahu and ceded his spot to Bailey, the only sophomore on the team.

“The coaches tell us we’re like a machine,” Hallums said at the time. “If one part gets broken, then somebody else has to step up and replace him.”

Hallums ended up being named first-team OIA West by both newspapers despite the shortened season.

Waianae ended up getting blown out 56-7 by Pac-Five in the Prep Bowl with Bailey throwing three picks against the Wolf Pack’s stout defense. Bailey led the Seariders to OIA titles in each of the next two years.


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