Parents make it possible for ILH to play at the Les

The ILH will be playing baseball games at Les Murakami Stadium on four dates, thanks to a group of parents who are guaranteeing to chip in to cover any cost not covered by revenue from ticket sales. In photo, Damien pitcher Kaysen Kajiwara threw a pitch against Mid-Pacific on March 20. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

A group of parents and coaches of ILH baseball players have stepped up to give their kids and teammates a chance to play at Les Murakami Stadium this season, beginning today.

The ILH agreed to move nine games over four days to Murakami Stadium as long as the parents and coaches guaranteed the ILH would not lose money on renting the University of Hawaii’s field.

One parent already gave the ILH a check for $13,231.30, which was the initial estimate of the cost. The latest estimate of the cost of four days of games is $14,787.43.

The group of parents and coaches, estimating conservatively that each team will generate 100 paying fans (tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students), expect to accrue $1,240 per game and $11,150 total to offset the cost. They agreed to combine to make up any shortfall, if there is one, but hope to make a profit or break even.

“It’ll be a great and memorable experience for the players, coaches, and fans alike,” said one of the parents, Keith Amemiya, the former executive director of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association.

All ILH teams will play in at least one of the games.

The games at Les Murakami Stadium are listed below.

Tuesday, March 27
>> Hanalani vs. ‘Iolani, 3:30 p.m.
>> No. 5 Punahou vs. No. 4 Kamehameha, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 29
>> Saint Louis vs. No. 4 Kamehameha, 3:30 p.m.
>> No. 2 Mid-Pacific vs. No. 5 Punahou, 6:30 p.m.

Tuedsay, April 3
>> Damien vs. Maryknoll, 3:30 p.m.
>> No. 7 ‘Iolani vs. No. 4 Kamehameha, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7
>> No. 5 Punahou vs. St. Francis, 9 a.m.
>> No. 7 ‘Iolani vs. Pac-Five, noon
>> Maryknoll vs. No. 2 Mid-Pacific, 3 p.m.


  1. ILH March 27, 2018 9:23 am

    Keith is da man!!!!!!!

    Mahalo’s to all the peeps that made this possible.

  2. Falcon Future March 27, 2018 10:19 am

    If you look at the schedule, it is obvious which teams are donating the money. Punahou (of course), Iolani and Kamehameha get three games at the Les because they donating the money.

    MPI and Maryknoll get two games and everybody else only get one game. Goes to show how the ILH operates. Money can buy a lot of favors.

  3. ILH March 27, 2018 1:33 pm

    It sure can. Thank you for stating the obvious.

    Pretty impressive isnt it?

    Not to mention, all the players will have a chance to play on a collegiate field in their own backyard.

    Maybe, this is just an assumption, if another school would would have thought of the idea first, did all the leg work and gathered support and the capital then maybe, just maybe they would have gotten more favors than the others.

    You must be in favor of participation trophies?

  4. Real Deal March 27, 2018 2:32 pm

    Whoa ILH, Kalani played in the stadium either last year or 2 yrs ago against Roosevelt for their Sr. Game….

  5. Real Deal March 27, 2018 2:34 pm

    Oh yeah the game was free, I believe…

  6. ILH March 27, 2018 2:39 pm


    Lol. Whoa yourself.

    We talking about FF post about how the ILH works, and favors and how some teams got more games than others.

    Dont turn this into an OIA vs. ILH thing, because thats not what I talking about.

  7. Rebel March 27, 2018 2:52 pm

    You all relax, another school did think of it first, Kalani, the ILH used to play at the Les, and before that the OIA used to play at Aloha Stadium….

  8. ILH March 27, 2018 2:55 pm


    Another Gem.

    Go read the thread, then go get some Kava and you relax.

  9. Save Our Schools March 27, 2018 3:10 pm

    Where u think Keith got the idea from? Kalani…

  10. ILH March 27, 2018 3:51 pm

    Must be a big thing for you guys to cling on to, not so much for me but hey, when you got so little……….

    Read the thread.

  11. Hmmm? March 27, 2018 4:52 pm

    You have responded to everybody’s comment. Who has so little?

  12. PublicSchool March 27, 2018 5:12 pm

    I’m pretty confident that these ILH schools will bring in enough fans to the games to cover costs. Highly doubt any parents will need to cover any of the expenses. Good for these ILH schools for getting to play at Murakami. I’m sure some OIA schools could do the same if they really wanted to. But the irony of it all is most of these private schools do not have a home field (only Iolani and Midpac). (Kalani who also played at Murakami also does not have a true home field). So for these schools without their own field – this is an awesome option.

  13. Jimmyhouse March 27, 2018 7:48 pm

    Punahou and Kamehameha also have home fields.

  14. MIL March 27, 2018 8:42 pm

    All bunch of BS! 2018 ️️baseball state tournament will be held at LMS. ILH, trying to gain an advantage as usual.

  15. PublicSchool March 27, 2018 9:48 pm

    Jimmyhouse they have fields but they do not play varsity games there.

  16. Save Our Schools March 28, 2018 10:27 am

    MIL, so when States is held on Maui, it’s not an advantage to Maui teams, who play a lot of games at the “Iron”????

  17. ILH March 28, 2018 1:43 pm

    Hmmm? March 27, 2018 4:52 pm
    You have responded to everybody’s comment. Who has so little?

    It really doesnt take much to respond, really.

    Save Our Schools
    – great counter point

  18. Hmmm? March 29, 2018 8:00 am

    Please…..keep it up….Pun grad.

  19. MIL March 29, 2018 8:01 am

    SOS, doesn’t matter when or where, we talking about this year…tell me if that’s correct. Nobody, cares about 2019 states!

  20. Go get em March 29, 2018 9:11 am

    If you not cheating, you not trying!!

  21. Whatsamattau March 29, 2018 10:49 am

    MIL, make sure next year, no teams play in Iron Maehara stadium, until States, just to be fair….

  22. MIL March 29, 2018 8:40 pm

    SOS, Public School will take the state crown anyway. You know why, what goes around, comes around. There is a definite advantage if u play on turf a number of times. Especially, LMS, wind, rain, turf and field drain tilt. Maui, is a grass field like any other. So just say, they taking advantage of playing at LMS.

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