ON THIS DATE IN 1993: Punahou’s Makaena Puli sets ILH passing record

The numbers seem almost pedestrian now, but on this date in 1993 Punahou triggerman Makaena Puli broke the ILH single-game passing record with 426 yards in a 46-21 win over Damien at Aloha Stadium.

Puli broke the record held by Iolani’s Paul Ah Yat, who had 350 in 1989. His five touchdown passes tied a league record shared by Garrett Gabriel, John Hao and Joel Lane.

Puli completed 19 of his 36 attempts and did not throw an interception.

Seven players have eclipsed 500 yards in a game since Puli’s heroics and he was knocked off the top spot of the school’s record book by Larry Tuileta in 2013. Pac-Five’s PJ Minaya still holds the ILH record with his 511 yards against Word of Life in 2008.

Puli’s performance is now the sixth-highest in Punahou history behind only Nick Kapule (twice), Ephraim Tuliloa (twice) and Tuileta.

Other big performances on this day in 1993 belonged to Kalei Mahoe of Kamehameha, Waianae’s Jay Amina, Conie Obrero of Waipahu and Baldwin’s Ray Wilhelm.


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