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OIA to postpone fall sports until late September

By Paul Honda on August 4, 2021

The Oahu Interscholastic Association is pushing the start of fall sports back to late September. The official press release is expected by 11 a.m. today, but three administrative sources confirmed the OIA will take action. All fall sports practices are cancelled until further notice. The rising rate of COVID-19 cases, spurred by the Delta variant during the pandemic, is the cause for concern. Preseason games were scheduled to begin on Friday. The OIA’s regular season was slated to start on […]

2021 class inducted into HHSAA Hall of Honor

By Paul Honda on June 13, 2021

In the most challenging of years, the senior class found ways to succeed. The HHSAA Hall of Honor’s class of 2021 is now inducted, and with a formalized quota system in place, more Neighbor Island and OIA candidates landed in the Hall than usual. Class of 2021 Teani Arakawa, King Kekaulike (Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field) Kanani Araki, Kamehameha-Hawai’i (Air Riflery, Swimming, Track and Field) Alana Barthel, Le Jardin (Swimming) Cayla Cabanban, Sacred Hearts (Cheerleading) Alaka’i Gonsalves, Kapa’a (Basketball, […]

Andria Tupola: Mayor Blangiardi has amendments to tier system

By Paul Honda on February 12, 2021

The movement is gaining speed for Safe Sports Hawaii. Councilmember Andria Tupola revealed on Friday morning that Mayor Rick Blangiardi has made amendments to the existing tier system of restrictions regarding COVID-19. >> Gyms and fitness facilities will be allowed to open at 25-percent capacity. >> Indoor group physical activities are allowed with no more than five people. >> Outdoor group physical activities, a team, up to 10. The updated guide now includes those amendments and is viewable here. (Note: […]


National Federation of High Schools: No more tiers on COVID-19 restrictions

By Paul Honda on February 2, 2021

The National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) has removed tiers from its recommended guidelines regarding COVID-19. The NFHS wrote: “Two of those factors are that prevailing community infection rates appear to be the strongest predictor for high school athletes being infected, and proven cases of direct COVID-19 transmission during athletics remain relatively rare. “The other recommended factors to consider are that participants in non-contact sports show lower rates of COVID-19 infection than those in contact sports, participants in outdoor sports show lower rates […]

City Council unanimously approves Safe Sports Hawaii resolution

By Paul Honda on January 27, 2021

It is official for the continuing mission to bring youth and high school sports back, at least on Oahu. The Honolulu City Council passed RES21-018 CD1, spearheaded by Councilmember Andria Tupola, on Wednesday at Honolulu Hale. The measure was drawn up by Safe Sports Hawaii and passed by a 9-0 vote. Now, it moves to Mayor Rick Blangiardi’s office for examination and adjusting. “COVID-19 has brought a new challenge to the world and this comes with a set of protocols […]

Second online forum for Safe Sports 808 is on Friday afternoon

By Paul Honda on January 14, 2021

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 […]

Long debate ends with KIF cancelling fall, winter sports

By Paul Honda on January 12, 2021

After roughly a week of deliberation, the Kauai Interscholastic Federation has cancelled postponed fall and winter sports. Despite having the lowest COVID-19 case numbers in the state, administrators opted to follow the rest of the leagues in continuing to keep high school sports closed until spring season. The KIF went nearly a week after beginning talks amongst athletic directors and principals. Other public-school dominant leagues — the Oahu Interscholastic Association, Maui Interscholastic League and Big Island Interscholastic Federation — needed […]

Hope for prep sports? Tupola, Blangiardi on tiers and flexibility

By Paul Honda on January 9, 2021

Diligence and persistence matter in high school sports, COVID-19 pandemic era. While Hawaii maintains some of the lowest rates and numbers in the nation, the state’s high school student-athletes and the communities that support them are bearing the brunt of complete cancellations. State restrictions and a City and County of Honolulu tier format — both are factors according to Oahu Interscholastic Association Executive Director Raymond Fujino — continue to draw large-scale discussion across the islands. Fujino declined to comment on […]