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Iolani coaching legend Eddie Hamada, 81, dies

Eddie Hamada Eddie Hamada
Statement from Mayor Mufi Hannemann Statement from Mayor Mufi Hannemann
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By Brooks Baehr - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Heavy hearts lifted by fond memories at Iolani School tonight. Former Raider football player, head coach, and athletics director Eddie Hamada has passed away.

Hamada played at Iolani in the 40's and in 1960 became head coach.

He won three ILH titles and in the 1980 Prep Bowl, played to a seven-seven tie against Larry Ginoza and Waianae.

Hamada quit coaching in 1987, but stayed on as athletics director until 1992.

He taught football and how to be a better person.

"He was a generous, kind, considerate, open-hearted man. We're going to miss him very much," said Jeff Hackler, a longtime colleague of Hamada. "This is the end of the era and it's up to us, the alums, who have to carry on his good feelings and good spirit."

"After a game we had won because we recovered some fumbles late in the game and a lot of the reporting was we got lucky," said Sam Cropsey, who played for Hamada for three years. "But his lesson after the game was we didn't get lucky. We took advantage of the opportunities that came up and we made those opportunities happen."

Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann, who went to Iolani, released a statement saying, "We've lost a legend in the passing of Eddie Hamada, 'Mr. Iolani' to one and all. He came into my life a little more than 43 years ago, when I was a seventh-grader at Iolani, and remained an influential part of my life since, as a teacher, coach, mentor, and dear friend."

Eddie Hamada, dead of natural causes at 81.

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