COVID-19 numbers rising, Hawaii’s leagues, HHSAA in wait-and-see mode

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.


  1. Naka July 28, 2020 7:14 pm

    What about girls volleyball? Will their season also be pushed back to spring?

  2. Hurrican Douglas July 29, 2020 12:47 pm

    Bottom line cannot have sports in the fall, especially football, with the big number of coaches and players and contact. The state has no clue what to do. Its just common sense that we cannot have sports in the fall, period. The cases are rising, NOT GETTING BETTER. Go ahead state , let the kids play in the fall, then feel sh..tty after because kids and coaches will get sick and it will be on you for letting this happen. Shame on the state of hawaii, for not using their brains especially common sense kind of thing like this. MOVE SPORTS TO SPRING . I cant believe they are still trying to see if we going to have sports in the fall, a decision shoulve been made weeks ago. Not waiting till the last second. Especially for a sport like football, needs lots and lots of preparation . NUFF SAID. OPEN YOUR EYES

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