Former Damien player’s parents refile lawsuit

Damien running back Keoua Kauhi cut between 'Iolani defensive backs Payton Uyeda (22) and Kaua Nishigaya (1) on his way to a three-touchdown performance against the Raiders last season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

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.


  1. Hawaii five 0 July 18, 2018 5:17 pm

    Damn. I coach with Eddie before at Damien and I can say he and his staff has done a great job leading Damien back to where they are now. Yes his use of language isn’t the best at times. But I’ve witnessed worse. Sad day to see people trying to file a lawsuit against the school and ILH. If this kid is allowed to play next year at St. Louis, the flood gates will open. You’ll see more transfer happening in the in. Like what’s taking place in the OIA.

  2. ??? July 18, 2018 6:09 pm

    If he suffered stress, anxiety and depression from being ridiculed and cussed at by coaches, he might have a hard time dealing with the real world.
    God luck playing College/NFL football or joining the Military, police academy, correctional officers etc.. 90% chance all will ridicule and cuss at you.

  3. Bigmauka July 18, 2018 6:34 pm

    I know the feeling he’s going thru, but when you went there you knew you was locked in. Everyone would be jumping all over different schools, ive done it myself all the way to the mainland! If he get action an you serious movr go the mainland because je be going anyway!

  4. CynHyn July 18, 2018 6:56 pm

    So the boy participate in HAIA activity in 2017? I would believe this would have been pre-2017 football season. So this scolding happened before the 2017 season? The season starts, he starts,gets outstanding yardage,Damien and the coach goes to the STATES FINALS. He continues classe’s and enrolls at St.Louis in March? Or was this HAIA event in 2018?

  5. Athletic Director July 18, 2018 7:43 pm

    Maybe they read the original lawsuit and realized it was terrrible. Now they’re going to reword the lawsuit. Damien should reference the original lawsuit to counter the second lawsuit.

  6. Trustno1 July 18, 2018 8:45 pm

    Hawai five O- gates already open! They allowed a kid from Iolani to transfer to St. Francis and allowed him to play without sitting out a year!

  7. ??? July 18, 2018 10:02 pm

    I heard the incident that they are talking about with the HAIA program happened in the summer of the 2016 football season. Regardless, its not going to end up well in any ruling that the courts have to make. If the ILH wins, Kauhi will not play for St. Louis in his senior year. If Kauhi wins, then get ready for more transfers to follow . St. Louis will just allow players to mature and develop from other schools and recruit them as needed, even in their senior year. They will have an endless supply of football players at their disposal. For example, if the team is short a middle linebacker, they will just recruit the best linebacker from any team with no consequences . They don’t have to take a chance in recruiting the player his freshman year. They will just wait till he develops and grows to 6’3 225lbs.

  8. Hawaii five 0 July 18, 2018 10:34 pm

    Trust no1
    what’s the player name that was able to transfer and not sit out? Did the player play the previous year?

  9. CynHyn July 18, 2018 11:04 pm

    #5. Athletic Director
    Lol, the attorney seen the original lawsuit link on Hawaii Prep World last week. Probably said wth? Now that first story,with 50 comments have disappeared. Parents, get your attorneys permission first before posting legal dakine.

  10. Kamehameha #! July 19, 2018 5:30 am

    And they also said that he’s been recruited for RB by D! schools! Are you kidding? You are no D! running back! Unless you run 4-4 or better forty yard dash you are not getting anything from D1 schools. Be real! What makes you think St. Louis treats their football players better? Look it up on youtube!

  11. ??? July 19, 2018 7:55 am

    Find your own screen name, No imitate #2!!

  12. Aiea 7 July 19, 2018 7:59 am

    this is a silly suit. it only mentions the embarrassment that the student endured by the football coaches, nothing about the school itself. the kid does not have to play football, he still can participate in the other sports. also, why are not the other kids who were humiliated by the football coaches not joint in the suit? this clearly shows that they only want their son to be able to transfer to St Louis to play right away. and if the incident occurred in 2016 as one commentator noted, how did the kind suffer in 2017, he had outstanding football stats for 2017. and if he was so stressed, why did he continue to play for the coach? something smells.

  13. Bozo the Clown July 19, 2018 9:00 am

    Football is not for panties, its a man’s game where boys are molded to men. it is a violent contact sport where safety is of the utmost priority where coaches can be in your face to ensure you perform the fundamental techniques correctly. Those who have never played the game, cant understand the dynamics of the football culture. Even for those who played the game, their perspective depends on their experiences with their coaches. Out in the real world, one is not going to be pampered, babied and catered to. It’s hilarious to hear females who never played the game, give their 2 cents on being bullied or profanity being used in high school football. If one cannot handle, they shouldn’t be playing football. Maybe golf, tennis, swimming, track & field, bowling and other non-contact sports, might be better alternatives. Enough already! I dunno if his hometown Kaneohe Castle HS coaching will be better but if not, with the liberal OIA transfer rules, can go any other public schools to play football.

  14. ILH July 19, 2018 9:29 am

    Oh, well. That answers that. Its all or nothing now.

  15. Edawg July 19, 2018 10:26 am

    Parents or kids who are not happy with the school or program should have the right to transfer without any penalties ! Its all about the kids !

  16. Falcon Future July 19, 2018 10:41 am

    It sounds like the accusations of racism have been removed and that’s why a new lawsuit filed. The parents (and their attorneys) were smart to do this because it would be hard to prove with kids (and coaches) of so many different race backgrounds in Hawaii.

    There is a parent (Dark Monarch) on the other thread who said he removed his son from Damien for same reasons as the Kauhi family, but he did not file a lawsuit. He could be a key witness in the case.

  17. YNAE4EVER July 19, 2018 12:02 pm

    To me they should just do away with the transfer rule, if the child is good why stop the child we have to act in the best interest of the child and do what makes the child happy.

  18. ILH July 19, 2018 1:42 pm

    Meanwhile, the Iolani player has his eyes closed, so that means the entire Iolani staff is terrible and dont know how to teach the fundamentals of tackling.

    My name is Falcon Future and I approve this message.

  19. Falcon Future July 19, 2018 2:31 pm

    ^^^ His eyes are not closed, you racist!


  20. ILH July 19, 2018 3:56 pm

    They most certainly are, you funny, small kine racist, guy. lol.

  21. TooMeke July 20, 2018 6:24 am


  22. Viriliter Age (Act Manfully) July 20, 2018 6:45 am

    It’s all a reflection of the parents! Don’t get your way, throw a fit! Funny thing is, his Papa is a Damien Alumni! Exactly why was said in a previous post, good luck in the real world and at a junior college (if he gets in)! This is what the world has come to. Long gone are the days of kicking butt at the school you’re at! Join the big boys to go to a D3, D2, JC. Forget D1! He would’ve gotten offers already! Kudos to Christian Donahue who got and accepted a full ride to attend Oregon St. in Baseball! No matter where you’re playing at, if you’re good enough, they’ll find you! Viriliter Age.

  23. So Shame July 20, 2018 6:57 am

    Was the boy good enough to play in college? If I was a coach, I wouldn’t want to recruit him. Does he want to be talked to and treated like a princess?

  24. Whhy July 20, 2018 1:06 pm

    #18-21 – His eyes are definitely closed (Iolani #22).

  25. Hammer July 20, 2018 4:19 pm

    First of all that’s a dumb rule all you clowns had your chance to play if kid wants to play for a school let him nobody’s crying about the OIA rule and the parents is still paying the money and why didn’t damein handle this problem if a coach is a idiot and being a good role modle then that coach should be fired but damein didn’t want to the facts on the table the boy had no choice but to leave read the facts

  26. SPORTS PARENT July 21, 2018 6:46 am

    I’m out of comments on this subject. I tried to be logical, fair, and pc. I think Weird Al conveys it best.

  27. Confused Parent July 23, 2018 1:30 pm

    Can someone share an updated link to the transfer rule??? Unless 2008 is the one?? Any help will be much appreciated, mahalo!!

  28. Chicken Grease July 24, 2018 12:32 am

    And I thought I was just dreaming all this. 🙄

    Now . . . where was I? 🤪

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