Hall of Fame: Milton Kaehu Kanehe (1960)

At Punahou, Milton won seven letters in football (2), basketball (2) and track (3). He should have won two more letters, one each in football and basketball had he not been sidelined by injuries in his sophomore and senior years. In football he captained the 1959 team and received Second Team All Star honors for his two-way play as offensive guard and defensive tackle. A weightman in track, he concentrated on the shot-put in his sophomore, junior and senior years and added discus to his repertoire in his senior year. A first string player he starred at center ad forward on the varsity basketball team. In 1960 while still at Punahou he won the “Mr. Teenage Hawaii” title for bodybuilding.This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1992 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.

Affectionately called “Moose”, Milton is known to friends and students as the “gentle giant.”


In his two years at Boise Junior College, Milton starred again as a two-way offensive-defensive lineman. Transferring to the University of Oregon, he won letters and starting honors in his junior and senior years for his two-way play as offensive-defensive tackle. While at Oregon, Milton was a key member of the wrestling team. Later he enjoyed a successful nine year career as a professional football player (tackle) with the Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills, Montreal (Canadian Football League), Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. His nomination to the Hall of Fame notes that Milton still holds the Bears Training Table record (voracious appetite) – not even surpassed by the legendary “Refrigerator Perry.”

Milton joined Punahou’s faculty in 1972, and has assisted in coaching track, specializing in the weight (discus and shot-put) events. He has coached also the ninth grade, J.V. and varsity football teams. He currently and for some time has been teaching Physical Education in the fifth and sixth grades and Hawaiian Studies in the seventh and eighth grades. Always in top physical condition and with a warm and generous personality, he continues to serve as an inspiration to his charges.

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