Classic challenges: 3 games cancelled at ‘Iolani Classic (UPDATE)

The gym was oddly quiet on Monday morning as two games were cancelled due to safety protocols at the ‘Iolani Classic. Paul Honda/

4:45 p.m.
We’re underway with Central Catholic (Ore.) and Pembroke Pines (Fla.). It almost feels like the old Classic again. Finally. Pembroke Pines leads 8-3, 4:55 left, first quarter. Halleliujah.

2:25 p.m.
Things are changing here by the hour.

The rest of Monday’s games are expected to be played, pending test results. Sadly, for the Hawaii teams in the tournament, after Baldwin plays West Linn (Ore.) tonight in the 7:30 p.m. game, that will be it for nearly all the local squads.

“Some of the local teams are testing positive,” ‘Iolani Head of School Timothy Cottrell said. “With the upsurge in (COVID-19) numbers in the state, we want to protect everyone and give our mainland teams a chance to play without risking them entering quarantine protocol here.”

The tournament is also going to further restrict spectator access.

“We’re being proactive about it,” Cottrell said.

Last week, a tournament at Damien was cancelled for safety protocols.

Taneya Woodie, a production manager for, has been to nine high school tournaments across the country this season.

“This is the first time that I’ve seen on-site testing before a game, which is excellent. It is needed,” she said. “You see it in the NBA and NFL.”

Baldwin, which traveled to the Classic from Maui, has been slotted into a Tuesday exhibition game with host ‘Iolani to accommodate teams that travelled from the mainland. Providing those national-powerhouse level teams with guaranteed, elite competition is crucial, Katrell said.

The slam dunk contest slated for Monday night has been cancelled.

The updated, modified schedule:
Monday’s games
Kalaheo vs. Maryknoll, cancelled
Kailua vs. Damien, cancelled
Punahou 73, Waialua 32
3 p.m. Leilehua vs. St. Paul VI (Va.), cancelled
4:30 p.m. Central Catholic (Ore.) vs. Pembroke Pines (Fla.)
6 p.m. ‘Iolani vs. Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
7:30 p.m. Baldwin vs. West Linn (Ore.)

Tuesday’s games
1 p.m. Sierra Canyon vs. Baldwin
3 p.m. ‘Iolani-Sierra Canyon winner vs. Baldwin-West Linn winner, semifinal
4:30 p.m. St. Paul IV vs. West Linn, semifinal
6:30 p.m. ‘Iolani vs. Baldwin, exhibition

Wednesday’s games
12:00 p.m. TBD
2:00 p.m. TBD
4 p.m. Championship game

2:10 p.m.
The Leilehua-St. Paul VI (Va.) matchup set for 3 p.m. has been cancelled, according to tournament officials. If the schedule modifications carry on as expected, there will be no local teams in Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s games.

12:30 p.m.
The first two games of Monday’s schedule at the ‘Iolani Classic have been canceled for safety protocols.

‘Iolani co-athletic director Eddie Maruyama made the announcement on the public address system minutes before the Kalaheo-Maryknoll game was set to tip off. The game was 25 minutes behind schedule and both teams were nearly done with warmups when the announcement was made.

Spectators who were on the restricted access list were refunded as they departed. Kalaheo stayed to have an intrasquad scrimmage.

Then, prior to the Damien-Kailua matchup, a second announcement for a cancellation was made. Kailua was warming up in the gym. The Surfriders remained to hold practice.

Testing for teams is done at the school infirmary. The Classic will announce a modified policy later today. 

Games for the rest of Monday are being delayed by 30 to 45 minutes, tournament officials said. However, as of 12:30 p.m., the slate appears to be back on track as Punahou and Waialua warm up for their scheduled game.

Monday, Dec. 20
Kalaheo vs. Maryknoll, cancelled
Kailua vs. Damien, cancelled
12:30 p.m. Waialua vs. Punahou
3 p.m. Leilehua vs. St. Paul VI (Va.)
4:30 p.m. Central Catholic (Ore.) vs. Pembroke Pines (Fla.)
6 p.m. ‘Iolani vs. Sierra Canyon (Calif.)
7:30 p.m. Baldwin vs. West Linn (Ore.)


  1. ??? December 20, 2021 12:45 pm

    Cancel Iolani’s Season! “Hypocrites” Who pile their fans in the football stadium some with no masks & not 6ft apart but allows NO fans at Iolani classic?????????

  2. ????? December 20, 2021 1:14 pm

    Get your facts straight before mouthing off! Football playoffs coordinated by HHSAA, under HHSAA rules. ‘Iolani Classic done under ‘Iolani rules and they’ve had no spectators all season, at any sports.

  3. !! December 20, 2021 1:24 pm

    They are so thoughtful! Glad they are testing and making sure the kids are safe.

  4. Q December 20, 2021 1:39 pm

    What a joke!! U guys r complete idiots!
    Omicron = Moronic

  5. Falcon Future December 20, 2021 2:07 pm

    Based on this report, we can guess that Maryknoll and Damien are the teams with positive tests. Both of those teams played mainland teams two days ago. Could that be where it started? This could just be the start of something crazy.

  6. C December 20, 2021 3:43 pm

    IRT ???

    do you know who organizes what???

    Football = state tournament, not organized by Iolani, different rules for fans

    Iolani Classic = Iolani school, so no fans. Have you seen fan at any of their school team events??

  7. SMH December 20, 2021 4:03 pm

    Falcon Future – Maryknoll played St Paul. St Paul still playing in tourney. Damien played West Linn. West Linn still in tourney. This had nothing to do with the mainland teams they played. Those local teams got it locally and brought it to the tourney.

  8. Opinion December 20, 2021 5:17 pm

    Falcon Future
    Question is how transparent will the classic officials be knowing if they cancel any of the powerhouse mainland teams, the negative publicity will hurt the classic moving forward. No positive results Saturday, local teams play mainland teams that day, now 2 days later only the local teams have positive results? Little too obvious LOL.

  9. Hee-Haw December 20, 2021 6:42 pm

    Iolani has the tools to test for COVID on campus due to having an on-campus lab.

  10. Q December 21, 2021 10:21 am

    You would think the homeless population would be dropping like flies due to this DEADLY COVID VIRUS but guess what, they are growing. Time to wake up SHEEP!

  11. Recruited not Rooted December 21, 2021 2:15 pm

    @!! Kids are at ZERO risk from covid. Wake the frick up people. Quit watching CNN and start getting your info from better sources sheeesh!

  12. ??? December 21, 2021 2:23 pm

    #2 & 6
    Get your Facts straight!!
    Didn’t Iolani football let 2 spectators for each player/coach during season? Are they not considered fans? Didn’t they let media film games?

  13. ??? December 21, 2021 2:33 pm

    Iolani Hypocrites. Admit it!

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