Former Damien athlete loses lawsuit against ILH

Damien running back Keoua Kauhi led his school in rushing as a junior. Jamm Aquino / Star-Advertiser

A state circuit judge ruled in favor of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and executive director Blane Gaison in a lawsuit challenging the league’s transfer rule.

Last month, the parents of former Damien football player and wrestler Keoua Kauhi filed, dropped and then refiled the suit.

At an Aug. 21 hearing, judge James Ashford made a summary judgment in favor of the ILH. Due to that summary judgment, Ashford did not consider a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kauhi to participate in Saint Louis football until a decision was made at trial.

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 for this, his senior year, but was denied. By ILH rule, he is not eligible to participate in football or wrestling for the Crusaders.

The suit, brought to court by Keoua’s parents Keoua Kauhi Sr. and Lavon Silveira, 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. The filing claimed the situation devolved into verbal abuse.


  1. Keala August 28, 2018 8:24 pm

    Cal Lee is corrupt…….

  2. billy bob August 28, 2018 8:33 pm

    To bad for the kid. i really think they wanted to leave cuz they were thinking damien would be junk this year but they actually killing it in the open division.

    i hope the kid gets a good look from college recruits.

  3. billy bob August 28, 2018 8:34 pm

    i meant D1

  4. anywaaaays!! August 28, 2018 9:32 pm

    Cal Lee is basically the ILH. All of this is for the ILH agenda. Everyone laughs at me and awrite!!! when we talk about this kind of stuff but you guys need to understand that we only keep staying fixated on this because it matters. All of this matters. A child’s life is now ruined because of Cal Lee, the ILH and recruiting. You destroy communities and you destroy lives. Just like the ref in last years championship game, i bet the judge is an ILH grad too. RRFL!

  5. TonganMule August 28, 2018 9:50 pm

    @anywayys . U must’ve got snubbed as a Football player . Someone who really didn’t play or yet even get in the game . What a Loser ! Must be from Kahuku . Biggest Crybaby’s of the State . You guys recruit . From out of state . Kicker from Florida . Dlineman from Utah . Etc … shuddap already Kahuku Sucks . Kuck Fahuku . Grybabies ..

  6. Awrite!! August 28, 2018 11:14 pm

    Anywaaays! aka Education First, aka Mr. Punahou is doing a great job posing as a Kahuku fan and making Kahuku an even bigger target. Dass how we like it, back us into a corner and give us even more fire power and purpose to play harder and fill the stands at Aloha Stadium….Enemy of the State!

    ps. Hope this Damian student athletes senior year can be somewhat productive if he ends up not playing sports at all. Hes got a chance to play in college he is that good.

  7. Observer August 28, 2018 11:46 pm

    If the parents wanted the kid to play that badly…. They should’ve sent him to his OIA home school. IMO…. Better than not playing at all. Can’t blame the ILH for that rule…. That rule has been in effect for many decades.

  8. TooMeke August 29, 2018 5:16 am

    No ways the judge is St LuLu alumni… I mean…he’s a JUDGE! HAHAHHAHAAAAA!

    and sio ki a @TonganMule CRYING about the “Biggest Crybaby…” DUUUUUHHHHH… HAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

    the family took a shot and lost…good life lesson…now how do they bounce back? That will be the better lesson.

    k bye.

  9. Kamehameha #! August 29, 2018 5:28 am

    Thats a choice that his parents made and it back fired on him. What was wrong with playing for Damian anyways? Nobody is to blame but his parents. The judge got this one right! Don’t blame Cal Lee! Now the kid needs to go back to his home school so he can at least do something his senior year. Stop blaming others and look no farther than the people around you. “parents lolo sometimes”

  10. Sports Parent August 29, 2018 7:01 am

    It got personal and Keoua ends up losing the most. If I was Keoua, I would have begged my parents not to do this. I wonder if the parents would do it all again knowing what they know now. Parents have to do what’s best for their children, but some parents make it personal. We all criticize play calling and coaching techniques, but parents have to know when to step in, and more importantly, when to stay out. As for recruiting, most schools with big programs, and some of the smaller ones recruit now. I hear about it and I see it first hand…ILH and OIA. Now that Hurricane Lane is gone, let’s get back to the football season.

  11. Coach C August 29, 2018 7:06 am

    So sad. The next step would be forces within the ILH that would try and change the rule. I’m sure it also apply to OIA transfers to the ILH (1 year sit down)etc.Iosepa. Now the kid is in a dilemma and could probably go to a public school and play. Or he can skip football and wrestle for StL. Will Stl. still offer $$$ assistance?

  12. NO CRY## August 29, 2018 7:08 am

    The parents claimed that their son was verbally abused at Damien. COME ON. It’s called discipline and life lessons. You should be thanking Damien for doing your job.

  13. Coach C August 29, 2018 7:10 am

    Also, if Damien is in the Top 10, isn’t that what the coaches and players strive for? I mean, Coach Eddie gotta be doing something right.

  14. TooMeke August 29, 2018 7:54 am

    Just come play for Kahuku…we will let you start vs St LuLu… or go to Millz…


  15. Falcon Future August 29, 2018 7:58 am

    I can only laugh at the people blaming Cal Lee for this. The parents of this kid made the choice and filed the lawsuit. It all started with issues at Damien and I’m pretty sure Cal Lee had nothing to do with that.

    Only thing to do now is respect the judge decision and move on. Hopefully this puts parents on alert about thinking that transfer from school to school is so easy.

    As for the player, can he practice with the St. Louis team? I think practicing with all those college D-1 level players around will make him better.

  16. Nala August 29, 2018 8:08 am

    TonganMule. You are horse…..kuck you to….

  17. Nala August 29, 2018 8:16 am

    TonganMule. Graduated from sacred hearts….mahu….go back to the ranch and take your family with you….crybaby

  18. Straight Facts August 29, 2018 8:50 am

    Honestly it’s made so student athletes can play at any public school. Look at Mililani, Campbell, Kapolei, etc. They all have a bunch if kids from out of District that transfer and play. Now if a student has been trying to get into a private school their whole lives and finally gets accepted, how do you judge that? You sit a kid out for a year for trying to better their education? Now that would make it “unfair” because all these private schools will be able to recruit harder, like OIA teams. Just something to think about

  19. ALLILH August 29, 2018 5:45 pm

    WoW…Global warming, Homeless, welfare all the ILHs fault also. Very Comical!!! What an IDIOT!!


  20. Ha-y-n August 29, 2018 7:46 pm

    Parents fault 200%. The kid suffers now. Blanking Cal Lee? Funny. He’s got 3 rb better than this kid. Remember, he killed it playing Pac 5 and Iolani, which had zero DL over 200 pounds. Way to go patents. Stop living your dreams through you kid

  21. Hammer August 30, 2018 12:15 am

    First of all there were more players involved they are harrassed every day the coach work at the school it wasn’t only football season the coach was going as far of calling out the kids to fight as well as there parents when the parents got involved the coach put his tail between his legs and when you send your kids to a private school since 6th grade and you want your kids to be taught to the catholic school the other catholic school is st Louis the rule was put in 1970 by the principles why because at that time no Twitter and social media and very little Atlantic scholarships of any the rule should have been gone since the 1980s everybody forgetting what’s good for the kids I no that I weather see kids playing sports then hanging out with friends and getting in trouble so what if a kid played for a school as and there parents got a better job and have the money to pay for the kid better education who has the right stop the kids of playing if you are worrying about stacking teams look at the oia you can play at any school you want the people that complain is very ones that don’t care about the kids and what’s in there best interest I challenge that rule tell me how that rule helps the kids

  22. Jimmy H August 30, 2018 2:57 am

    The ILH transfer rule has been around for years…did the parents not understand it’s non-negotiable?

    …and blaming Cal Lee???? Where the heck did that come from??? Must be from inhaling too much red dirt.

    Stop making excuses and just beat STL. I remember the Inoke Funaki, Pula, Fonoimoana, Mapu, Keamoeatu, Franncisco days where the RR’s lined up and just punched them in the mouth. No crying and whining about recruiting. Nuff already. So shame. You think those RR boys on the field need haters to be motivated??? They need humble leadership and that’s it. The talent is in the DNA for these kids. Shut up and win.

    Ps…keep the transfer rule. Recruiting would be a lof worse if the flood gates were opened.

  23. Kamehameha #! August 30, 2018 5:48 am

    They should tried to get him into Moanalua, Better education system and heck of a lot cheaper! That school is so impressive! They have the cleanest gym in all of Hawaii. Impressive facility! Who ever the AD is doing a heck of job there!

  24. Hammer August 30, 2018 9:29 am

    Keep the rule that’s your answer let me give a example a kid played for waipahu or any school is 9th grade year the look parents got a better jobs now they can pay for there kid better education but the can’t kid play do you no how many kids was in that prodictament and because they love to compete they decided not to go to a private school a lot of those kids that made that decision is in jail on drugs in game rooms all because of that rule in stead I worrying about kids stacking teams which is stupid the kids still got to pay look at mililani how many kids from st louis went to mililani and other schools because they couldn’t pay and I am only talking about football it applies to every sport but you guys only bring it up and worry about football because st louis is that about the transfer from damein case is far from over criminal and civil case is coming the attorney drop the ball damein and the ILh is going get sued why because of a rule that’s hurts kids dosen’t help at all if you can’t understand what I just explained then you not looking for the best interest of kids girl or boy

  25. phILHarmonic August 30, 2018 11:11 am

    Not being allowed to transfer from a public school into a private school and play football immediately results in that person taking drugs, working in game rooms and going to jail.

    Please stop.

    And is there a period key on your keyboard? Longest run-on sentence. E.V.E.R

  26. Hammer August 30, 2018 3:34 pm

    If blane had balls which we no don’t he would get rid of the ridiculous rule look what the OIA did 100 percent of gate money 80 percent goes
    To the OIA listen all the good mainland teams recruit that’s why everybody wants to go to that if you are winning your enrollment goes up kids don’t even play sports wants to go there hats off to st louis and all the teams that represent hawaii that’s the only way hawaii can compete with the mainland teams that rule is so bad blane gaison need to get off his ass and do right thing get rid of that rule asap if the boy played for st louis what’s the harm look now a kid can’t play look the harm that it did all because you guys us jealous of coach cal every school is doing it but coach cal and staff us the best stop crying you whiners

  27. Hammer August 30, 2018 3:39 pm

    This is for philharmornic I never said everyone does get in trouble but don’t ever tell me that kids didn’t do that I no some of one and just one is one to many it’s about the kids not you has been and wanta bees

  28. Marvelous September 2, 2018 1:22 pm

    Above all the banter, a young man cannot fulfill his dream.

    ILH versus OIA, St. Louis versus Kahuku versus Damien.

    Adults should step back let this young man play, with hopes of getting a football scholarship.

  29. Not marvelous September 19, 2018 2:07 pm

    No one is above the law. Natural selection athletic career for those that think they are. I don’t think i should have to spend my life working for money. I should be able to rob a bank for money and if the judge wants to throw me in jail, he’s an adult that’s stopping me from living my best life.

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