The parents of former Damien football player and wrestler Keoua Kauhi refiled a lawsuit Monday — with some different wording — against the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and executive director Blane Gaison.
On Friday, they dropped their original suit in U.S. District Court that 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. By ILH rule, he is not eligible to participate in football or wrestling for the Crusaders.
The refiling of the case by the plaintiffs — Keoua Kauhi Sr. and Lavon Silveira — was done Monday in the Hawaii First Circuit Court.
The suit claims 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 suit also alleges that multiple members of the Damien coaching staff verbally abused Kauhi for taking the trips, and that Kauhi suffered anxiety, stress and depression because of it.
Kauhi also participated in soccer and track and field while at Damien.