The David Tautofi era has ended at Kaimuki.
In a press release from the coach’s Kaimuki Youth Development Organization, Tautofi stated that he was released as head football coach on Aug. 31 by school administrators.
Kaimuki’s team has struggled with roster numbers for years, but never ceased to battle for playoff berths and titles. In five seasons on the field under the former Kaimuki and UCLA defensive lineman, the Bulldogs were 37-19 in Division II play. That includes a runner-up finish in 2018 and an OIA Division II championship in ’19. Coaches and media voted Tautofi to Star-Advertiser all-state coach of the year honors in 2019.
Notably, the Bulldogs continued to take on community service projects monthly through 2020, including a food pickup station at the school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The press release did not disclose a specific reason for the dismissal: “Fred Lee, Kaimuki’s Athletic Director, and Jon Taguchi, Vice Principal, shared concerns over non-compliance of school policies and they, along with Principal Jamie Dela Cruz, who was not present in the meeting, decided it would be in the best interest of the school to seek new leadership for Kaimuki Football.
“Tautofi, who has already begun prepping his staff and athletes for this upcoming season, is disappointed by the decision. He expressed concern over the administration’s plans to ensure that the health and well-being of his athletes will be prioritized. In addition to the upset this pandemic has already caused for these youth, they are now being forced into yet another major and abrupt transition that will affect them mentally and emotionally.”
The OIA regular season was set to begin game play on Aug. 6, but was postponed on Aug. 4 by the DOE. The final vaccination deadline is in one week, Sept. 24, with fall sports slated to resume or begin practice on Sept. 27. The first games of the OIA football season was rescheduled to Oct. 15.
David Tautofi year by year
2018: 10-3 (2nd OIA D-II)
2019: 10-3 (1st OIA D-II)