Football committee saves three tiers

Four teams will qualify in all three of the state tourmament divisions for 2017. In photo, Saint Louis’ Dylan Toilolo (28) and Luke Kava (44) teamed up to bring down Waianae running back Rico Rosario in a state tournament game last season. Jamm Aquino / Honolulul Star-Advertiser.

Hawaii’s high school football administrators came up with a compromise to keep the three-tiered state tournament intact today.

Representatives of all five leagues voted in favor of three divisions of four teams this morning at a meeting of the Hawaii High School Athletic Association football committee on the Kaimuki High campus.

The top-tiered Division I-Open for 2017 will consist of the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s best three teams and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu’s Division I champion.

In the middle-tiered Division I of the ’17 state tournament, there will be a distinct neighbor islands flavor. All three D-I champions from the Big Island, Maui and Kauai will qualify along with one of two teams from the ILH, either Damien or St. Francis.

The D-II state qualifying teams will be the D-II champions from the OIA, Big Island and Maui along with one of two teams from the ILH, either ‘Iolani or Pac-Five.

The ILH’s Big Three — Saint Louis, Punahoua and Kamehameha — will be vying for the league’s lone Division I-Open spot. The rest of the ILH slotting for state-tournament purposes is based on the league’s planned state declarations that was decided a few months ago at an ILH meeting.


  1. Hyn July 10, 2017 12:55 pm

    All I gotta say is St. Louis wasn’t the one that had to forfeit.

  2. anywaaaays!! July 10, 2017 1:47 pm

    All I gotta say is that 2010 pre-season score of 49 Kahuku, 27 STL was going to be duplicated in the post season if Kahuku didnt forfeit because of a bench warmers eligibility.

    The kid repeated 9th grade and didnt even play football till his senior year, hardly an incident of cheating. Rather it was the animosity toward Kahuku from this boys relatives that live in town who knew his situation and waited till the last minute to be sure Kahuku had to forfeit all their season games.

  3. Hyn July 10, 2017 1:51 pm

    There you go again making excuses. A lost is a lost anyway you look at it. Deal with it and stop crying and making excuses.

  4. Hyn July 10, 2017 1:53 pm

    And you really comparing a preseason game. Give me a break!

  5. 88 July 10, 2017 4:12 pm

    Hyn they would of kicked the crusaders azzz in that final. Don’t pretend like you don’t know.

  6. Education First July 10, 2017 4:55 pm

    Forfeits happen for a reason. Let’s just get rid of rules. Who cares. Some of you are sorry. Instead of worrying about football, how about worrying why the test scores out there borderlines on the level of an idiot. So sad that you guys value football over learning. Imagine what happened if the McDonalds or PCC went out of business. The unemployment rate would probably skyrocket.

  7. Hyn July 10, 2017 10:02 pm

    88 that’s why the game is played. You cannot say they would’ve should’ve could’ve . All of a sudden you guys are psychics.

  8. Nailz July 11, 2017 12:04 am

    That 2010 Kahuku team was straight up beast!!!

  9. 88 July 11, 2017 2:41 am

    You don’t have to be psychic to know that the outcome would be the same as the 1st time they played that year. C’mon man..

  10. Education First July 11, 2017 5:53 am

    If you notice on these boards, it’s typically people complaining about the ILH. I hear things such as “now the ILH regular season title will mean something.” As if the OIA won’t? Since they are sending more than 1 team doesn’t that water down the merit of the OIA title?

    You hear complaining about recruiting, how the ILH needs more than 1 team to compete. They cry. But, it’s okay for the OIA to send 3 teams, often ones who lost by over 40 to their league champ.

    When you get to the root of it, the complaining is coming from jealous people. They are upset they didn’t or their children didn’t get the chance to attend these fine institutions. They had to go to their “community school” that many posters on here feel own a child. Since the school failed them, they live miserable lives filled with welfare assistance, EBT, and poor living conditions.

    That is why guys like PhILHharmonic and anywaays are super unhappy…..We get it girls.

  11. Hyn July 11, 2017 7:49 am

    88 – can tell you don’t know nothing about football. Coaches use preseason games to see what they need to work on. So you telling me the best record in preseason NFL football going win the super bowl. C’mon man!

  12. Jeezy33 July 11, 2017 10:24 am

    @education first remember when you wanted to meet up with 88 and he didn’t show up. That was funny but don’t do that again or hire 10 securitas to protect you. Anyways I like how you don’t back down from anyone and I remember you putting down that 10yr old kid that was classic.

  13. 88 July 11, 2017 11:43 am

    Preseason? Is that the excuse now. The game was played in the last week of August which means the season started already. Each team had already played 2 games prior and the starters played almost the entire game. Kids weren’t getting rotated in until late in the 4th buddy.

  14. JusStan July 11, 2017 12:07 pm

    What would happen If the OIA just said, ‘Hey were going to return to pre 1973 days. No matchups between ILH n OIA at season end.’ I wonder if that would stop the onslaught of recruiting that is prevelant now. Not saying that it would stop recruiting, but not en masse as it is now. No state tltle to play for, the big three in the ILH playing each other 3x’s. Now what? ILH champs and that’s it.

  15. Hyn July 11, 2017 1:10 pm

    ILH season doesn’t start till September so what you talking about? Ya what they had 2 preseason games before that. Again it’s preseason. Maybe if kahuku had there stuff together maybe they would’ve played in the championship . Nobody to blame but themselves. It is what it is so deal with it!

  16. anywaaaays!! July 11, 2017 1:21 pm

    One thing is for sure this preseason. STL will dominate Waianae similar to the 42-7 thrashing they delivered in last years state semifinals. Kahuku will also dominate the OIA. Only Kahuku/PUN/STL are on an elite level. Bring back the prep-bowl. OIA1 vs ILH1

    The addition of OIA 2 & 3 into the State tourney is redundant and unnecessary but its the correct thing to do in terms of formality because the ratio of 22 OIA schools to the ILHs 3 only makes sense.

  17. Education First July 11, 2017 7:11 pm

    anywaaaays!! July 10, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    Prep bowl radar! LOL, dont you remember Cal Lee recruiting and playing 19yr olds? thats why they won 14 straight. Come time for the HHSAA state tourney and they told Cal Lee he cant play his 19yr old boys and now all of a sudden they become Kahukus Doormat! LOL
    @anywaaays, can you let us know no many 19 years olds Cal Lee had? I recall one of the SA Sports Writers write on here last year (I think it was Mr. Campany, I could be incorrect), saying that the amount of 19 years was minimal at best and many years they didn’t even have any.

    Please let us know which players exactly were 19 for verification. If you can’t name any, why should anyone believe you?

    As for older kids playing, what about kids from Kahuku who might possibly have incorrect birth certificates? If I had to make an inference (without data), I would make an educated guess that numerous ones who moved from American Samoa or other Polynesian Islands might be 25 or older.

    Regardless of age though, can they pass a math test or clear the NCAA clearinghouse?

  18. Whhy July 11, 2017 7:38 pm

    Edu – Here is an article talking about a couple of 19 year olds playing in basketball back then. The general premise is that the ILH at the time before HHSAA allowed 5 years to play 4. Leaving it possible for the man child. Rather than asking who specifically I think the fact that they had to make a rule against it speaks for itself.

  19. Education First July 12, 2017 10:50 am

    I’d like to see a single 16 team format with no tiers…3 ILH, 7 OIA, 3 MIL, 2 BIIF, 1 KIF. Best of the Best pay per view event. Games called if a team is leading by 70 points or more to prevent injuries.

  20. July 12, 2017 5:46 pm

    Nfl player grad stlois when he 19 no name drop but is true cus

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