Charles “Kale” Ane III was once described as a gangly and clumsy kid, but through hard work, he ultimately lived up to his athletic potential, following in the footsteps of his late father and football coach, Charlie. As a center, Kale Ane was known as a rock solid, dependable anchor of the offensive line, and the personification of the student-athlete ideal at Punahou in the 1960s and early 1970s.
Ane, a three-year starter and letter winner in football, was twice named an ILH all-star. He also earned two varsity letters in basketball and was part of Punahou’s first state championship squad in 1970. He went on to a steady career at Michigan State, where he earned All-Big Ten second team honors in 1974, the same year he was named Michigan State offensive player of the year.
After a seven-year career in the NFL – that established Charlie and Kale as the first father-son combination from Hawai‘i to play in the league – Ane returned to the Islands and today serves as Punahou’s varsity football coach and assistant athletic director.