Football alliance proves to be a cash boon for OIA

Kahuku defensive end Tausili Fiatoa (43) sacked Kamehameha quarterback Christmas Togiai (16) during the first half of a game between the OIA's Kahuku Red Raiders and the ILH's Kamehameha Warriors. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

Up, up, up — and a little down.

In 2018, the OIA hosted more regular-season football games than in 2017, with more attendance and more money taken in, but the number of fans per game declined a little.

Based on attendance figures supplied by Raymond Fujino, the league’s football coordinator, there was:

>> A 64-percent increase in gate receipts before expenses (from $539,814 to $837,033)

>> A 64-percent increase in attendance (from 76,157 to 119,254)

>> A 62-percent increase in total number of games (from 71 to 115)

>> A 1-percent drop in fans per game (from 1,073 to 1,037)

>> A 1-percent drop in gate receipts per game (from $7,603 to $7,279)

The numbers do not include postseason games or the five ILH vs. ILH games that were part of the new OIA-ILH alliance. In addition, for the six OIA vs. ILH contests held at ILH sites or Aloha Stadium, a portion of gate receipts after expenses (about 25 percent) will go to the ILH coffers.

Attendance and gate receipts were not available for ILH vs. ILH games. But by joining up with the OIA for regular-season games, it meant about 13 less ILH vs. ILH games (from 18 to five) and less gate receipts, the latter of which shifted over quite a bit to its OIA partners.

The OIA will also be getting $1 million per year for at least two years (2018 and 2019) from community and business donations as part of the deal to form the partnership.


  1. Bone 1 February 26, 2019 10:49 pm

    Crusader Strong

  2. Check your math February 27, 2019 6:02 am

    Math Weak

  3. HS FB Observer February 27, 2019 7:56 am

    ILH schools sacrifice $$$$ to have a full season schedule but I bet, behind the scenes and under the table, they being donged and compensated for the lost $$$$$. Good for them. They pretty much dominated the OIA Teams, better coaching?

  4. ILUVFUTBALL... February 27, 2019 1:23 pm

    Red Raider Nation always makes money…Alot going out, hardly anything coming back…Sad story…

  5. ??? February 27, 2019 2:51 pm

    @HS FB Observer
    Better Coaching?
    You’re not to much of an Observer if you don’t think that the ILH should beat the OIA.
    Give Cal Lee Waialua Bulldogs talent and dept and see if he makes the playoffs? Let Punahou play with Kalani Falcons kids and see if Kale Ane beat Waianae?
    On the other hand, give any OIA Coach St Louis talent & dept and I guarantee they all would make the playoffs
    “Common Sense”

  6. ILH February 28, 2019 9:18 am


    If Cal Lee was coaching Wailua talent then probably means they would be in Div II and I guarantee they would be in the Playoffs.
    Same for Kale Ane if he was coaching Kalani, they might not beat Waianae but would be in the Div II playoffs.

    I understand what you’re saying though and it has merit but there is always the Kahuku factor.
    They have just as much talent as the ILH. So when they win, is it the coaching? But when they lose, its because they dont have as much talent? or the coaching?

    You bring up great points about the perceived inequities but take to task, IMHO, the wrong people. The OIA is very aware of the uneven playing field, but, as you can see in this article, decided to take the $$MONEY$$. Your beef isnt with the ILH its with the OIA who chose to run with a 2 year alliance. No coercion, and as some say the ILH needed the OIA more than OIA needed the ILH, so the OIA had leverage and decided to use that leverage to make some dollar bills.

  7. ILH February 28, 2019 9:19 am


    Genuinely curious, what you mean by your comment.

  8. OG RRFL March 1, 2019 6:03 am

    As far as Kahuku, they are in a decline and on their way to D-1 , it’s over, the Mana has shifted to Mililani !! They have a coach who’s a beast and got that discipline that Kahuku needs!!! Kahuku got a patty cake Coach who belongs in baking school 😂😂!!! Kahuku will always have players , but the way the system is there, I wouldn’t waste my kids there!!! ILH has and the best of best, so why not go ILH ?? Sorry RRFL But that’s the truth, our time is over . Look at Waianae, Kahuku will soon join them!!!! Unless they bring a coach like TATA, then the Beast will awake, but for now….good night!!!

  9. notes March 2, 2019 1:51 pm

    i’m tired of hearing all this hate from supposed “RRFL” people who trash our team and our communities and send their kids to private schools for “education.” it’s so sad to see the OIA sell out to “coach” cal lee and the ILH for cash. it’s a sad day when the organizations that were formed to protect us end up selling us out. this “alliance” is the start of the death of public school football, just like how the ILH wanted

  10. Coach C March 7, 2019 6:40 pm

    Lol, the mysterious Million dollars payoffs has come to light. Who”s funding that? Like the other poster said, this math do add up.
    After this year, back to the old system. OIA got the numbers. That’s the power.

  11. Trustno1 March 11, 2019 5:24 pm

    OG RRFL- Don’t believe the HYPE in Mililani! Mana maybe shifting to Milltown but they have to fill lots of pukas due to graduation.

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