Safe Sports Hawaii releases 44-page book of guidelines for all sports

On Wednesday, the Honolulu City Council unanimously approved RES21-018 CD1, submitted by Councilmember Andria Tupola.

On Friday evening, Safe Sports Hawaii released a 44-page guide examining its guidelines for protocols and safety, covering everything from ballroom dancing to wrestling. The foreword is provided by Tupola and former Hawaii and CFL football standout Chad Owens.

The resolution and the guide are in the hands of new mayor Rick Blangiardi. Organized youth and high school sports are currently not permitted at City and County of Honolulu facilities according to the tiered system implemented by previous mayor Kirk Caldwell.


  1. To da hale January 30, 2021 12:03 am

    Maybe I missed it in the report, but I’m wondering if mandatory regular testing of the athletes/participants should be addressed in the plan.
    Otherwise, would it be possible that a player who is asymptomatic and is covid positive unknowingly spread the virus with their teammates or other participants?
    However, I’m glad to see these leaders stepping up and trying to put a plan in place so the kids can get back some sort of normalcy in their lives and move on.
    Stay healthy….

  2. Kainoa January 30, 2021 12:27 pm

    Great job, Safe Sports Hawaii!

    Now I hope there isn’t a spike in cases due to Super Bowl parties. That could push any kind of sports reopening further if not jeopardize any hopes of a high school sports. Be smart!

  3. Cindy Fuji January 31, 2021 7:35 pm

    If we can watch older professional athletes and collegiate athletes play sports then surely our younger/healthier students can play. Shutting down HS sports doesn’t make any sense.

  4. Concerned Community Member February 1, 2021 10:07 am

    It takes 3 COVID-19 positive cases to shut down the team? Hmmm…… isn’t one too many already? This is a JOKE. Where are the scientific references for all this information? Horrible.

  5. Sports Fan February 1, 2021 8:01 pm

    Do any of these procedures for each sport have the full endorsement of the Hawaii State Department of Health or do we just accept the indoctrination of this “Bible” to the people of Hawaii?

  6. Fix your mistake DOE/DOH February 2, 2021 9:14 am

    Seniors should be allowed a fifth year option to play sports and gather film next school year if they want. They all lost one season of sports and memories, possibly two! This year has been totally lost and none of the leaders who make the decisions stepped up. Mahalo to Andria Tupola and Chad Owens to force some action on their part, but it still seems unlikely for sports to resume this year. I have a plan:

    1) Students are allowed to play sports for a fifth year, granted they do not turn 20 years old during the school year 2021-22.
    2) In school, fifth years are required to take dual credit classes, which gives them college credits as they transition, like a prep school would do.

  7. ILoveHawaii February 4, 2021 8:52 am

    According to your logic, the students are being given a 5th year to be able to play sports??

    They have already graduated and are remaining to play sports.
    What would be the purpose of doing this?

  8. Speaking the Truth February 4, 2021 9:23 am

    @Cindy Fuji

    Cindy, there is a big difference between college / pro sports to high school football. For one, it has to do with money, two , they have all the medical assistance at a high level, three, they are all in a bubble, meaning they have no contact other than team members, coaches and staff. When these high school kids finish practice, where are they going? They are going home to their families which causes greater risks with community spread. These are major factors. how are some of the families supposed to pay for testing week in week out not to mention , sometimes even 2 ,3 times a week. Some families are already struggling with not having a job . The protocols are a big difference here . Its not even close in comparison when it comes to high school sports and college/Pro Sports. Big Difference. Bottom Line, Like i saw on other posts, it all comes down to liability.

  9. Paul Honda February 4, 2021 11:07 am

    Not sure if you are aware, but free COVID-19 testing is available at the airport and also at the Ala Moana building. There is, of course, a challenge ahead for entire football teams to get tested in an efficient and timely manner. But it can be done and will be done unless vaccinations become a prioritized protocol by fall season.

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