Kaiser forfeits; OIA tweaks this week’s slate

Calvin Mock and the Pearl City Chargers will get a chance to play at Aloha Stadium. Darryl Oumi / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The Kaiser High School varsity football team is forfeiting its game Saturday against Radford.

Lon Passos, the Radford coach, said Tuesday that his Rams (0-1) will not be in action this week due to Kaiser’s decision. A source at Kaiser confirmed it.

This will be Kaiser’s second league forfeit in a row and the third straight week the Cougars (who will be 0-2) were unable to field a team with enough players to safely play a game.

Kaiser forfeited last weekend’s game against Mililani. The week before, the school canceled a scheduled nonleague game against Roosevelt.

The Kaiser JV team’s game against Radford will still be played on Saturday, but has been moved to Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium at 4 p.m.

There are other changes to the OIA varsity schedule for this week:

>> The Roosevelt vs. Pearl City game has been changed from Friday at Pearl City to Saturday at Aloha Stadium at 7 p.m.

>> The Kalaheo vs. McKinley game has been moved from Saturday at Aloha Stadium to Saturday at Farrington’s Skippa Diaz Stadium at 6:30 p.m. (following the Kaiser vs. Radford JV game).

>> The start time for the Kalani vs. Kaimuki game at Aloha Stadium on Saturday has been changed from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

In addition, Saturday’s McKinley vs. Kalaheo JV game will not be played. Both teams are having trouble with roster numbers.

Here is the updated Oahu high school varsity football schedule.

According to a Kaiser source, the varsity team added two transfers (one from France and one from Le Jardin, and both have little to no experience in the sport) recently to boost the roster total to 21, but there are still players who are ineligible.

The Cougars have a bye the weekend of Aug. 25-26, and then are scheduled to be at Campbell (Sept. 1), at Aiea (Sept. 8), at Kahuku (Sept. 16), at home against Moanalua (Sept. 22) and at home against Waianae (Sept. 30).

All of those games are still on, but are tentative and will be looked at on a week-to-week basis.’

Kaiser’s new artificial turf field is done, but work on the track continues. The estimated completion date is the weekend of Sept. 9-10.


  1. Austin Chang August 15, 2017 9:13 pm

    Kaiser should move down to D2 next year this is ridiculous, funny thing is that Radford would get their W since they won state championship in 2015, am surprised that Radford score 4 touchdown against Castle, they won’t be same as 2015, but they are way more better than last year team. Hopefully Radford have a good season.

  2. RecruitOrDie August 15, 2017 9:45 pm

    Kaiser HS should just join the 8 man league, that’s their best competition. D2 is too much for them! Blame the Board of Education for Kaiser for getting rid of the only great coach they will ever have… Rich Miano… This advertisement brought to you by the makers of Champions, if your not growing, your simply dying!

  3. Manoa#1 August 15, 2017 9:46 pm

    like i said before Kaiser is wasting everybody’s time. go play 8 man football or they should drop football altogether.

  4. Scoops August 16, 2017 1:30 am

    It’s odd that Kaiser’s JV is playing this week. I think they had enough to play last week but forfeited against Mililani’s JV. If they are setting a precedent at JV, then there Varsity will never be better.

  5. turfwar August 16, 2017 9:48 am

    The saddest part is that the state decides that Kaiser should be awarded $4 million to put in a new football field while other more vibrant programs struggle with old fields that are expensive and difficult to upkeep. Did anybody check to see if Kaiser really needed a new field with participation and student enrollment going down?

  6. phILHarmonic August 16, 2017 10:12 am

    I think other sports use the “football” field too, in addition to Kalani football using it as their home field.

    Any suggestions on which schools are in need of a turf field?

  7. Alohachef August 16, 2017 10:24 am

    Waianae, Nanakuli, Kahuku, Aiea, all need turf fields. However, It will never happen at Kahuku because the school and field is in a flood zone. It will cost millions to consider options for Kahuku. At one time there were plans to relocate the field and the school. But as usual there’s no money in the budget. The community pretty much has heard it all and just kind of moves on.

  8. phILHarmonic August 16, 2017 12:31 pm

    wow, really unfortunate for Kahuku. maybe they can get some private donors to help.

    Year 1- Waianae
    Year 3- Nanakuli
    Year 5- Aiea

    aiea is iffy, they might not have a team by then due to low #s.

  9. Critical Reader August 16, 2017 5:16 pm

    Kalaheo and McKinley players, coaches and parents should be furious. I’ll be the programs were really looking forward to playing in Aloha, no matter how junk a place it is. Diaz Stadium looks awesome from the freeway. BUT, for a Hawaii High School football players, playing in the Stadium is playing in the Stadium. No equivalent.


    ILH would never pull the rug out from under any of its teams.

    Could it be the difference between OIA and ILH is the level of classiness with which their respective student athletes are treated?

  10. Mao August 16, 2017 5:32 pm

    Aiea had new grass installed with subdrains and everything within past 10 years. DOE needs more trained groundskeepers for maintenance.

  11. BK August 16, 2017 5:45 pm

    OIA looking for money again, if you play in Aloha Stadium there should be a V doubleheader. The JV’s can play at school fields. The OIA used to do it in the past.

  12. Alohachef August 16, 2017 8:32 pm

    The OIA AD’s and principles got to look beyond making money. High school sports should be about allowing students to participate and represent their school and community. It’s also about learning values of teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, dedication, etc. Therefore, they should come up with solutions for creating divisions where schools can participate in and be competitive. They need to use common sense. Not cents or money.

  13. 808WarriorFan August 17, 2017 6:19 am

    Nearest school Kalani … do like PAC5 and have the Kaiser players hook up w/ them to make 1 team … at least
    those Kaiser kids who want to play will get a chance somehow

  14. OIA Observer August 17, 2017 6:36 am

    Kalani HS is doing just fine with 40 players on the Varsity and JV. No need to combine teams. The Kalani staff has been quietly working hard over the past few years to increase participation and it has worked. No excuse for low turnout at Kaiser. They also have half of Waimanalo in their district, but it seems like most of the players there are at Kailua with the job that Haoli Wong is doing there. Poho – their new field.

  15. Scoops August 17, 2017 12:22 pm

    For Future


    Div.1-Aiea,Castle,Waipahu,Moanalua,,Radford,,Nanakuli,Kaimuki,Pearl City

    Div.2-Waialua,Kalaheo,Kaiser,Kalani,McKinley,Roosevelt, (play 2 rounds)

    In no particular order but based on record last 2 years, enrollment, history of program, coaching, tradition, and current state.
    Maybe there can be some movement between Div. but the core of teams is key.

    Just food for thought.

  16. Austin Chang August 17, 2017 4:26 pm

    @Scoops Bring down Kaimuki, and D1 team would go against open division in week 1

  17. Scoops August 17, 2017 7:43 pm

    As it stands it’s 8 vs. 8 in Open vs. D1

  18. amela August 17, 2017 8:38 pm

    The kids should be allowed to transfer to a school near them. They are all losing a chance to go to college through football scholarships and their parents hard work taking them to games and practice.

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