Damien to play gym sports without spectators in response to coronavirus

Fans will not be able to cheer on Damien's indoor athletic teams for the foreseeable future as the school announced it would play games without spectators in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Damien Memorial School sent out an email to parents of students today that athletic contests, specifically boys volleyball, scheduled for the school gym this semester will be played without spectators for the “forseeable future” in response to the coronavirus.

Attendance at games will be limited to players, coaches and others associated with managing the teams according to a press release.

Brother Brian Walsh, president of Damien Memorial School, also announced the postponement of the following school events involving a large gathering of people.

March 13: Field Day
March 13: Hoops for Heart
March 25: Celebration of Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation (visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ) and tribute to retiring Hawaii Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Michael Rockers
March 31: Parent Meeting on Vaping and Social Media Etiquette
April 7: National Honor Society Induction

The Catholic school educates more than 720 boys and girls in grades six through 12 at its campus in Kalihi.

Damien’s first Division II varsity boys volleyball home match is Saturday at Noon against Punahou.

Governor David Ige announced Friday that Hawaii has its first case of coronavirus.


  1. Matt Motter March 6, 2020 5:37 pm

    This happened in 1989 at a college basketball tournament, when there was a measles outbreak that caused tournament officials to ban spectators.

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