Miller cleared to play for Kapolei until Dec. 11

Jalen Miller, seen here trying to defend Kapolei's Zoar Nedd last year, wants to transfer from Mililani to Kapolei. Cindy Ellen Russell /

Kapolei junior Jalen Miller had his temporary restraining order extended on Tuesday, allowing him to practice and play for the team until his suit is heard on Dec. 11.

Miller’s family recently sued schools superintendent Christina Kishimoto and the Oahu Interscholastic Association over the league’s transfer rule. He played basketball for Mililani last year under a geographic exception when his father worked in that community. The Millers claim that Earl Miller’s employer, BAYADA Home Health Care, has since transferred him to the company’s Leeward district office and can no longer transport his son to Mililani.

Miller’s home district is Kapolei.

Jalen’s parents filed their lawsuit Nov. 2 seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block the OIA from enforcing the one-year ban. State Circuit Judge Dean Ochiai issued a TRO, which was set to expire Tuesday, the day he had scheduled a hearing for a preliminary injunction.

After meeting privately with lawyers for both sides, Ochiai rescheduled the injunction hearing to Dec. 11 and extended his TRO to that date. Until then Jalen is free to practice with his Kapolei teammates and play in preseason games.

Miller is eligible to play for the Hurricanes in the McKinley Black and Gold Classic beginning Nov. 14 and he will learn his fate for his junior year before the Hurricanes play in the Iolani Classic beginning Dec. 16. The OIA boys basketball regular season starts Dec. 23.

The OIA’s transfer rule was enacted in 2015 and this is the first challenge to it.

Here is the Star-Advertiser’s complete story from Wednesday’s paper


  1. THE TRUTH November 15, 2017 5:48 pm

    That’s the world we live in today, don’t get your way just sue them.

  2. anywaaaays!! November 15, 2017 7:09 pm

    More recruiting through the ILH Agenda.

  3. Reyn November 15, 2017 7:17 pm

    Awesome 👏

  4. Reyn November 15, 2017 7:36 pm

    Let’s talk about the real story people… especially for those who are clueless like most people who post comments…

    OIA State champions in the last 60 Year’s (17)
    Kapolei and Mililani have never won any of those titles (and have never been legitimate contenders)
    Basketball in Hawaii is ranked probably where the educational system is ranked in the nation.

    Let’s face it most high school teams in Hawaii aren’t ever going to be good teams. There’s not enough talent, well let’s put it like this, there’s not enough coaches that can DEVELOP the talent. I️ believe the talent pool in our state is just different.
    Example: most kids here if they are 6 ft tall most coaches will automatically put that kid in the post as a “big man”. Wrong: how many 6’3 big men do you see in college, any college… When you know how to develop kids you look beyond the present. If that kid doesn’t grow what position will he play after high school?

    As far as recruiting, what’s wrong with taking a kid who has the potential to play and finding a “better” situation for that kid. Oh and for you loyal freaks, this is about opportunity. Life is about maximizing opportunities and striving for better. Like I️ said, a lot of teams on this Island will not be very good no matter what. The sad thing about that is, the AD’s and Coaches know it and do little to change it, not that recruiting is the answer, but don’t hold a good kid back because you don’t want to work to build a program.
    Why penalize a team, school or AD for trying to build a healthy, winning program.

    Side note… I️ like what Kahuku is doing with their program…

    Just my humble thoughts

  5. ManapuaMan November 16, 2017 12:08 am

    Just out of my own pure curiosity, does anyone know what this Mililani player averaged last year? Scoringlive has gotten rid of all last season’s stats.

  6. Jus Saying November 16, 2017 7:57 am

    anywaaaays!! November 15, 2017 7:09 pm
    More recruiting through the ILH Agenda.

    just curious, how is this ILH RELATED? This has to do with two OIA Schools.

  7. magnolia November 16, 2017 9:39 am

    @manapuaman he averaged 6.8 points, while coming off the bench, third highest scorer on mililani

  8. getitstraight November 16, 2017 11:41 am

    Mililani won an OIA title in 2008 besting Moanalua.

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