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.