“Curly” was the outstanding lineman of the Punahou football teams of the 1950’s – starting every game from his sophomore through his senior years. In his sophomore and junior years he was named to the Advertiser and Star Bulletin’s All-Star Second Teams. As a senior and team captain, Curly made both offensive and defensive All-Star First Team on the Advertiser’s squad and First Team Offense and Second Team Defense on the Star Bulletin squad and was unanimously elected ILH Lineman of the Year. He captained the Keiki Kanes team in the 1952 Aloha Bowl and named to its All-Time All-Star Second Team. While at Punahou, Curly lettered also in track, paddled for the Outrigger Canoe Club, and was an outstanding student.This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1981 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.
At Stanford, Curly was named the most valuable player on the 1953 freshman team. A three-year varsity letterman, he received all-star honors in the Pacific Coast Conference and honorable mention to the 1956 United Press All-American Team. Voted “Players’ Player” by his Stanford teammates, he starred in the 1957 Hula Bowl.
During a five-year stint in the Marine Corps, Curly both coached and played football winning All-Marine Guard honors. Settling on the island of Kauai in 1964, he continues to this day to be an avid sports enthusiast. His interests include coaching in the Pop Warner League where he has helped produce several state championship teams, coaching and paddling for the Hanalei Outrigger Canoe Club, and promoting equestrian, junior rodeo and 4-H Club activities. He not only promotes but competes in his own rodeos and is currently organizing Kauai’s first full service athletic club in Lihue and Hanalei.