In a letter to parents released this afternoon, superintendent Christina Kishimoto said that all inter-scholastic events from Wednesday through Sunday have been postponed for the rest of the week due to the threat of Hurricane Lane.
This includes eight varsity football games on Oahu on Friday and six on Saturday.
5:40 p.m. UPDATE: At least five OIA/ILH games are canceled and will not be made up. Nanakuli’s game against Leilehua has been moved to Friday, Aug. 31. For further updates, our 2018 schedule page will be updated.
Many teams were scheduled to have a bye on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, meaning games could possibly be played then. A few teams have games scheduled on the mainland. Only ‘Iolani, Kaimuki and McKinley had games scheduled on Oahu that weekend.
“We’re going to do our best,” OIA executive director Ray Fujino said Tuesday afternoon. “We have a bye next week, but a lot of teams are traveling. We’ll try to make up what we can. It’s one of those years.”
Damien, Mililani, Campbell and Kapolei all have games scheduled for Aug. 31 on the mainland. ‘Iolani hosts Clackamas (Ore.) at 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 31 and the only OIA game of the weekend is Kaimuki playing McKinley on the night of Aug. 31.
Undefeated St. Francis, which got the most votes of any team not ranked in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 this week, was scheduled to play at Kaiser on Friday at 6 p.m.
“Yeah, we’re bummed. We understand it’s safety first,” Saints coach Kip Akana said. “We’re disappointed, but we hope everyone stays safe. Hopefully, we can make it up the following week during our bye.”
Kale Ane, Punahou’s longtime coach, said his team is practicing this afternoon, but added that the school will get official word from the ILH office.
“I heard about the (DOE cancellations), but it wasn’t confirmed until now,” Ane said. “We’re just trying to get ahead of it all. We’re practicing today, but we’re in the process of sending notes about the next few days. We’re just waiting for confirmation from the league. School is still on. Practice, we’re not sure, probably not. If anybody misses practice today for family concerns, there won’t be any repercussions, of course.”
Veteran Saint Louis coach Cal Lee can’t recall another situation like this that affected Oahu as drastically.
“Never. As far back as I can go, I’ve never seen this,” he said. “These games don’t count (for the OIA), so why would you play the game?”
Lee isn’t in favor of rescheduling games to Monday night, either.
“No. How can you practice? Without practice, it’s a wash,” he said. “The game’s over.”
This week’s schedule of postponed games on Oahu is below:
Friday, Aug. 24
>> Kapolei at Kahuku, 7:30 p.m.
>> Punahou at Farrington, 6 p.m.
>> ‘Iolani at Moanalua, 7:30 p.m.
>> Castle at Waipahu, 7:30 p.m.
>> Damien at Aiea, 7:30 p.m.
>> St. Francis at Kaiser, 6 p.m.
>> Leilehua at Nanakuli, 7:30 p.m.
>> Kailua at Radford, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 25
>> Saint Louis at Mililani, 6:30 p.m.
>> Campbell at Waianae, 6:30 p.m.
>> Waialua vs. Kalaheo, at Kailua High field, 5 p.m.
>> Pearl City vs. McKinley, at Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium, 6:30 p.m.
>> Kaimuki vs. Pac-Five, at Skippa Diaz Stadium, 6 p.m.
>> Roosevelt vs. Kalani, at Kaiser Stadium, 6:30 p.m.