Maui’s first informational community meeting for Hawaii 8 will be held Thursday.
Hawaii 8 is a new club football organization for college students in the state that is slated to start a five-team league in the spring of 2020.
The nonprofit parent organization — Hawaii Football Club — will be running the informational meeting at 6 p.m. in the student lounge in the Pilina Building at the University of Hawaii Maui College.
The meeting is for any college athletes or prospective college athletes interested in joining what will be called the Maui Football Club that will be part of the five-team league in 2020.
Two informational meetings have been held on the Big Island for the Moku O Keawe Football Club, and other meetings will be scheduled for athletes interested in joining the three other areas that will put together teams for next spring — Kauai, Leeward Oahu and Windward Oahu.
Aylett Wallwork, the head coach of the Maui Football Club, will be at the meetings.
All clubs will be loosely based on the geographical area of Hawaii’s community colleges. Work is being done to have Hawaii 8’s clubs officially become part of those campuses. At this point, there is no official affiliation between the clubs and the campuses.
In years to come, Hawaii 8 wants to add three clubs to the league to make eight — one more (in addition to Hilo) on the Big Island (West Hawaii) along with clubs at Honolulu and Kapiolani Community Colleges.
Hawaii 8 is in the process of obtaining sponsors to help defray costs, including travel.
Hawaii Football Club executive director Keala Pule has said that a lot of interest is being shown for the creation of club football in Hawaii. He also said tryouts will be held in June or July.
The planned eight clubs/geographical area campuses are:
The first five
>> Kauai Football Club (Kauai Community College)
>> Leeward Football Club (Leeward Community College)
>> Maui Football Club (UH Maui College)
>> Moku O Keawe Football Club (Hawaii Community College in Hilo)
>> Windward Football Club (Windward Community College)
The next three
>> Unnamed West Hawaii club (Hawaii Community College-Palamanui in Kailua-Kona)
>> Honolulu Football Club (Honolulu Community College)
>> Kapiolani Football Club (Kapiolani Community College)