ADs vote to continue 3-tiered state football

The three tiers — Open, Division I and Division II — will continue for the state football tournament. In photo, Kahuku’s Kekaula Kaniho ran back an interception last season. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s high school athletic directors voted to continue the three-tiered football state tournament this year after it began as a pilot program last year.

The vote was 63-27 today at the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association conference at the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island in favor of competition for state championships in the Open Division as well as Division I and D-II. Prior to last year, there were only two divisions — D-I and D-II.

There will be two changes. The state’s five leagues must declare its teams for one of the three divisions by Sept. 1. Also, the D-I portion will now be made up of six teams instead of eight. Open and D-I remain six-team tournaments.

After getting the green light by HIADA, the continuation of the three-tiered state tournament must is still dependent on being ratified by the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board today. The HHSAA board can give it a stamp of approval, reject it or make more changes.


  1. Coach C June 8, 2017 2:21 pm

    So basically the OIA goes into a 3 tier schedule? Isn’t the schedule set? Coach Martinez should declare D1 then not play Kahuku and Waianae.(open teams). What for??? You know if Mililani declared last year, they would have chose Open. That would have put Iolani vs.Campbell for D1 championship. And we know the score there.

  2. turfwar June 8, 2017 2:33 pm

    Nobody cares about the D1 championship. Even the Mililani coach admitted as such. It should remain at just 2 divisions. Choose a division and stay there and compete.

  3. Mahatma Gandhi June 8, 2017 7:02 pm

    yeah, the Mililani head football coach Rod York said he was disappointed in not making the Open tournament and would have to treat the Div 1 tourney as a “bowl game”. And they still beat the Iolani Reds.

  4. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate June 8, 2017 9:55 pm

    oai make 3 tier to match hhsaa state tuorney 3 tier n all oia games become balance, ilh suffer like andy bumatai say to little tree suffer!

  5. Alohachef June 9, 2017 9:47 am

    Campbell Kailua
    Farmington. Kapolei
    Leilehua. Mililani
    Kahuku. Waianae

    OIA DI
    Aiea Castle
    Kaiser. Moanalua
    Nanakuli Pearl City
    Redford Waipahu

    Kalaheo Kalani
    Kaimuki McKinley
    Roosevelt Waialua

    What you think? Can? Fair?

  6. grabum.bythe.puppy.gate June 9, 2017 11:11 am

    das perfec sushichef u da man can can, oia 3 tier boom kananani

  7. Education First June 9, 2017 12:58 pm

    grabum types like he’s having a stroke. Can anyone translate?

  8. RidgeRunnerE-5 June 9, 2017 7:18 pm

    There should be a playoff between the four schools, that are knocked out of the OIA quarterfinals, to settle which two will represent the OIA in the Div1 tournament. It’ll be interesting to see which tournament ‘Iolani declares for.

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