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Gaison is new Kamehameha Maui athletic director

November 22, 2012 - Robert Collias
Didn't have time to get to this when I confirmed it Tuesday — there was a little basketball tournament going on in Lahaina — but Blane Gaison is the new athletic director at Kamehameha Maui. Gaison, a legendary Hawaii prep football player, University of Hawaii standout, and Atlanta Falcons quarterback, moves over from the AD position at Kamehameha Kapalama.

It is fitting that this news comes on Thanksgiving Day.

Below is an excerpt from a story my friend Stacy Kaneshiro, now of, wrote for the Honolulu Advertiser (RIP) in 2004 on Gaison's son, Kepa, of the eventual state champion Kamehameha Kapalama (a team led by Mauian Jayson Rego and tied in the preseason 14-14 by a Kaluka Maiava-led Baldwin team):

It was Thanksgiving Day in 1974 when quarterback Blane Gaison rushed for two touchdowns, the last with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left, to rally the Warriors past the (Leilehua) Mules, 20-19, in the second O'ahu Prep Bowl at Honolulu Stadium. The Prep Bowl was regarded as the mythical state championship since it only paired the O'ahu Interscholastic Association and Interscholastic League of Honolulu champions.

That his father scored the winning touchdown and that he would lead the Warriors to another Prep Bowl title the following year at Aloha Stadium might be news to the younger Gaison, a senior tackle who also is the team's place kicker and punter.

"I've heard stories about him playing quarterback and that their team did really good," Kepa said. "But I don't know details about it."

Also sketchy to Kepa might be his father's career at the University of Hawai'i, where he was a quarterback and all-Western Athletic Conference defensive back, and in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.

Blane Gaison takes over for the only AD Kamehameha Maui has ever had, Kurt Ginoza.


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