The scenario in California, even Nevada, is different than it is in Hawaii.
Earlier in the week, Nevada became the fifth state to postpone the high school football season. California, New Mexico, Virginia and Washington have made similar decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevada took a different approach, moving fall sports to February. Fall sports will follow the winter season and be completed before the spring season.
In Hawaii, three consecutive days of increasing single-day record case totals — including 73 on Saturday — are bringing increased scrutiny on the state’s opening day for public schools (Aug. 4) and fall sports. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association already expects to delay the start of fall sports season by two to four weeks. Football teams had expected to begin practice on Aug. 19.
The HHSAA met during the week, shortly after the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and Oahu Interscholastic Association had a meeting of their own. A veteran coach in the private-school ILH has his fingers crossed.
“We recommended moving it back to the spring,” Saint Louis football coach Ron Lee said. “I hear the leagues are in agreement, but it’s not a done deal.”
The HHSAA will meet again this week and may discuss the ILH and OIA’s recommendations, according to Executive Director Chris Chun. Any further discussion or proposal would then require passage by the executive board of the HHSAA.