A second community virtual forum on Zoom is scheduled for Friday, 5 p.m., on the issue of bringing youth and high school sports leagues back on Oahu.
The forum is hosted again by City Councilmember Andria Tupola, a backer of Safe Sports 808. Former Hawaii football great Chad Owens is another key to the group, which is working on a plan that will be submitted to Mayor Rick Blangiardi by Monday.
Owens announced the formation of Safe Sports 808 earlier in the week, in conjunction with a resolution put forward by Tupola that was supported by the City Council.
Blangiardi, the newly-elected mayor, was part of the forum in the first online discussion last week. So were the mayors from the other three counties, as well as several athletic directors and coaches.
The forum registration is available here.
Community backlash has increased as the state’s public-school dominated leagues, under the leadership of the DOE and DOH, provided little to no updates since canceling the 2020 spring season. The leagues announced mass cancellations of fall and winter sports recently after previously planning to play postponed fall sports — including football and girls volleyball — in the winter and spring. Only the private-school Interscholastic League of Honolulu has opened select winter sports, and the league still has football and girls volleyball slate for spring season.