The enormous spike in COVID-19 cases in Hawaii is making a big impact on prep basketball.
The Punahou Invitational has cancelled opening-round games scheduled for Monday. Buffanblu coach Darren Matsuda said he will meet with school administrators to consider options for the remainder of the tournament. Several teams have players in health and safety protocols. Two teams, Matsuda said, have withdrawn from the tournament.
The recently-completed James Alegre Invitational and ‘Iolani Classic tournaments had numerous game cancellations due to health and safety protocols. The ‘Iolani Classic provided on-site testing for coaches and players before entering the main gym.
Maryknoll was set to travel to the Damien Invitational in California on Christmas Day, but opted to cancel the trip.
In the OIA, the girls basketball regular season began on Thursday. Coaches and players are required to have proof of vaccination or exemptions.