Former Damien athlete drops lawsuit vs. ILH

Keoua Kauhi's parents have dropped a lawsuit against the ILH. They were seeking an exemption to the league's transfer rule for Kauhi, shown running the ball for Damien in a game last season. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

The parents of former Damien football player and wrestler Keoua Kauhi have dropped a lawsuit against the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and executive director Blane Gaison.

The suit challenged the league’s transfer rule.

Kauhi rushed for 914 yards and five touchdowns for the Monarchs last year. He transferred to Saint Louis in March and applied for an exemption, but was denied. He is not eligible to participate in football or wrestling for the Crusaders.

The notice of the dismissal of the case by the plaintiffs — Keoua Kauhi Sr. and Lavon Silveira — was filed Friday in U.S. District Court.

The lawsuit claimed that the Damien coaching staff had an issue with Kauhi and some teammates participating in trips sponsored by the Hawaii Athletes in Action Foundation, and one of those trips led to the group being punished in front of the rest of the team for participating.

Accusations of verbal abuse were made against multiple members of the Damien coaching staff.


  1. Chicken Grease July 16, 2018 8:13 pm

    Now we have to find out why.

    Does Keoua still get to transfer? Was there a settlement?

    Should have read my previous comments. Coyld have kept the ‘suit. Would have won. 🤪

  2. Questionable July 16, 2018 8:38 pm

    No matter the reason, when abuse in any form is brought to the attention of adults it should be taken seriously. Abuse stemming from a young age can deeply affect a person as they develop later on in life. I wish Saint Louis an eventful season and truly feel sorry for this child

  3. Athletic Director July 16, 2018 9:33 pm

    They must’ve finally read their own lawsuit. That smaht Monarch education finally paying off.

  4. Coach C July 16, 2018 9:36 pm

    So the Catholic way would be for Damien to reach out and say, Come Home. A lesson from the Prodigal Son.

  5. Chicken Grease July 16, 2018 9:49 pm

    Athletic Director

    July 16, 2018 9:33 pm
    They must’ve finally read their own lawsuit. That smaht Monarch education finally paying off.

    There are a number of reasons someone will drop a lawsuit. Doesn’t mean what’s IN the lawsuit didn’t happen. And it also doesn’t mean, “I was wrong to bring up the lawsuit.”

    Now instead of a judge or jury ruling, we will have to assess what is disclosed to the public.

    There’s already one silver lining in this. And that is, if there are any coaches using less than acceptable words in their work, be smarter. You don’t NEED curse words to warn a kid that he or she will break a limb or neck if they move when getting hit a certain way. You jus’ acking.

  6. FODAKEIKI July 16, 2018 10:26 pm

    Hopefully Brada can enjoy his senior season elsewhere!? Good luck HAWAIIAN

  7. ??? July 16, 2018 10:36 pm

    Will there be a chance for him to return to Damien. Im sure your brothers will welcome you back with open arms.

  8. Hawaii five 0 July 16, 2018 10:48 pm

    Chicken grease
    I absolutely agree with you. Sad to say there’s a few Head Coaches I know who curse a lot at the players. And call playeys name like num nutz.

  9. ??? July 16, 2018 10:50 pm


  10. TARHEELS July 16, 2018 11:28 pm

    They probably had no evidence of abuse from the coaching staff and maybe was informed not to continue because if found there were no such thing they could be sued for defamation I’m guessing?

  11. TooMeke July 17, 2018 5:50 am

    “Now we have to find out why.” Uh…Why?

    “we will have to assess what is disclosed to the public.” Says who?

    “one silver lining” statement = True…but your assertion is based off of the presumption (ASSumption?) these events actually occurred.

    Pau already. Moving on…

  12. SPORTS PARENT July 17, 2018 6:11 am

    If you every played football at the high school level or higher, you know your coaches at some point swore. They usually did it to make something a point of emphasis. Yes, there have been cases of personal verbal attacks. If Damien staff did that, then shame on them. I suspect the school conducted or will conduct an internal investigation, and some punishment could be handed down. I know Damien has suspended or removed coaches for actionable offenses, so it probably won’t be swept under the carpet.

    In the end though, Keoua is the one who is losing out. I agree with Coach C. If the player, the parents, and the staff could work things out, could he transfer back, and would he be eligible to play? That would probably be something we haven’t seen. Best of luck Keoua.

  13. FODAKEIKI July 17, 2018 6:50 am

    I hope he somehow gets to play his senior season elsewhere

  14. HI HS FAN July 17, 2018 7:46 am

    He’ll end up at a public school. I don’t think he wants to not participate in football or wrestling. It’s his senior year. No matter where he ends up, he still needs to compete for a spot on the team. As for a chance to get an offer to college, he still needs to prove himself. Good luck young man.

  15. Aiea 7 July 17, 2018 9:14 am

    what this means the ilh transfer rules are still in effect. quite possibly Damien and student (parents) reached some kind of settlement (monetary?). But the kid will not be able to transfer to St Louis and play right away.

  16. ILH July 17, 2018 11:59 am

    Nothing but well wishes to this young man.

    Good luck wherever you end up playing your senior year.

    @Aiea 7-

    “But the kid will not be able to transfer to St Louis and play right away” . Please clarify.

  17. Falcon Future July 17, 2018 2:38 pm

    ^^^ He can still transfer to St. Louis if he wants, but will not be eligible to play football or wrestling for his senior year if goes there.

    Maybe the parents changed plans and the kid might be going to OIA school now? I don’t know. But if he does go OIA, he can play football and wrestle and prove his worth for the college scholarship that is supposedly waiting for him.

  18. ILH July 17, 2018 3:42 pm

    What do you do if you are Damien?

    Tough decisions for both parties.

    Is it repairable? I hope so.

  19. Awrite!! July 17, 2018 5:02 pm

    St. Louis wanted to pull him back into the 9th grade so now he may be looking at a public school to finish his SR year.

  20. Ewa Willy Wonks July 17, 2018 9:42 pm

    What the kid really needs to do first is learn to NOT USE THE CROWN OF YOUR HELMET! Doing that could end all his athletic dreams……forever.

  21. Falcon Future July 18, 2018 8:14 am

    ^^^ Really glad you pointed that out. The picture shows the Damien kid leading with his helmet and head down. This picture can be used as a example of what NOT to do under the new rules and regs.

    Meanwhile, many people feel that St. Francis have less experienced coaches than Damien, but the picture shows the St. Francis boys with good form of heads up and arms ready to reach out for the tackle.

  22. ILH July 18, 2018 11:42 am

    Meanwhile, you are killing me. You get that from one snapshot? Unreals.

    I dont know about having less/same/more coaching experience but I know that Damien has been beating St. Francis “like a drum” in football.

    Btw, that is poor technique and could lead to injury.
    See what you hit players.

  23. Chicken Grease July 18, 2018 12:59 pm

    July 17, 2018 5:50 am

    “one silver lining” statement = True…but your assertion is based off of the presumption (ASSumption?) these events actually occurred.

    Too”Moving on” (you seem to write “moving on” more than a few times. But you keep commenting. Like this lady in the office next door, always saying, “O.K., I bettah shaddap now, but guess what? She keeps on talking), you cannot ASSume that coaches cursing and using racial words ISN’T happening.

    And even if it ISN’T happening, the lessons is, they shouldn’t start.

    Think progressively instead of just ‘“moving on.” 🙄

  24. Dark Monarch July 18, 2018 1:28 pm

    As a former Coach and Alumni of Damien, I have personally witnessed the negativity and foul language used by the Head Coach. I have since removed my son from that negative environment and now playing for a better Head Coach.

  25. ILH July 18, 2018 2:17 pm

    If what you say is true, you are on a very short list there, Dark Monarch.

    Im sorry you feel that way. Some may feel the same, maybe even feel differently or the exact opposite of what you think. Regardless, I appreciate your courage in speaking out.

  26. TooMeke July 18, 2018 6:03 pm

    @chicken grease…maybe remove some of the grease from your eyeballs… do you see another comment by me in here? Other than to respond to your stupidity?


  27. All Day and KNIGHT July 18, 2018 7:08 pm

    If the young boy wants to play football, Castle Knights is looking for a running back. Very short commute to school

  28. Dark Monarch July 19, 2018 10:02 am

    It might be a very short list but attend a Damien Varsity Football game and sit on the Damien side. No Coach should use that much vulgar and degrading language towards his players. Check the record of how many football players have left the school and got football scholarships, compared to the ones that stayed and Graduated from Damien. That list is short…..

  29. ILH July 19, 2018 1:38 pm

    I think youve beat that poor horse to death already. We get it, you dont like the HC’s coaching style.

    But, are you now saying that those players left BECAUSE of the coach? Were there any other factors?
    And at what grade did they leave the school?

    I know another list that seems to be getting shorter the #DTP List.

  30. Chicken Grease July 24, 2018 12:31 am

    And I thought I was just dreaming all this. 🙄

    Now . . . where was I? 🤪

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