Kalilikane-McMoore enjoys what might be his only game

Skylar Kalilikane-McMoore lined up at left guard against Pac-Five during the Saints' 26-6 victory this season at Aloha Stadium. Courtesy St. Francis School.

Saturday was a bright day in what has turned into a mess of a fall football season for Skylar Kalilikane-McMoore.

Kalilikane-McMoore is a junior in high school, an offensive lineman for St. Francis, and he and is family are doing what they can through the court system to get him on the field as an eligible player this season.

Amazingly, he was eligible for and got to play last Saturday in the Saints’ 26-6 victory over Pac-Five. But it’s possible that he may not get to play in another game until next season.


Knowing the circumstances, his team made it an extra special game for Kalilikane-McMoore. He got the call to try and score on a 2-point conversion, but the play did not work.

At the end of the game, he lined up at quarterback in victory formation and took the snap that sealed the victory.

“He is a fun kid,” St. Francis coach Kip Akana said Tuesday. “I don’t know the fate of his eligibility. We thought it would be fun to get him in those situations, being that it was a TV game, to get as much exposure out there for him. The kids love him. Everybody knows his situation and are supportive. On the 2-point conversion, designed for him to get a backward lateral, I don’t know what happened. It was covered well.

“After he took the victory formation snap, he pointed to the sky. That was awesome. He got warned by the officials to not do that again or that he would get flagged. Little do they know Skylar’s situation.”

St. Francis’ Skylar Kalilikane-McMoore (53) was eligible for last Saturday’s game, but it could be the last game of his junior season. Courtesy of St. Francis School.

The Kalilikane-McMoore family is suing the Hawaii High School Athletic Association, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and the Oahu Interscholastic Association in an effort to make him eligible for every game.

Here is a recap of Kalilikane-McMoore’s complicated eligibility situation:

>> Before enrolling in a high school in 2016, the Kalilikane-McMoore family wanted to get Skylar into St. Francis. However, at the time, the family did not have the financial resources to send him to that private school and instead enrolled him at Pearl City. Kalilikane-McMoore played for the Chargers’ junior varsity team in 2016.

>> In July 2017, with the family finances in order, Kalilikane-McMoore applied to St. Francis, and he was eventually accepted in August. However, during the summer of 2017, he practiced with Pearl City, apparently for more than seven days.

>> He willfully sat out all games of the 2017 season, thinking that is exactly what transfers are supposed to do.


>> In the eyes of Hawaii football administrators, by practicing more than seven days in the summer of 2017, he was deemed to have been a Pearl City football participant during 2017, making it necessary to also sit out the 2018 season.

>> Skylar’s parents, Fata McMoore and Starr Kalilikane, applied to the ILH for an exemption, but were initially denied. They appealed and were eventually granted an exemption. Soon after, they were told that they also needed to get an HHSAA exemption (the umbrella for rules in the newly formed OIA-ILH alliance). They applied to the HHSAA, but were denied.

So, as it stands now, the family is awaiting a decision by Hawaii’s First Circuit Court.

The reason Kalilikane-McMoore was eligible for the Pac-Five game is because it was an ILH team vs. an ILH team and fell under ILH (not HHSAA) rules, according to Akana, St. Francis athletic director Chad Konishi and Stephanie Segovia, the Kalilikane-McMoore family’s attorney.

On Tuesday, Akana texted his take on the case:

“Skylar is a big (270 pounds), loving young man. He is a team favorite. We all pray this situation gets resolved where he can play and not have to sit out (all but one game of) two seasons.

“I understand what the letter of the rule states. I don’t necessarily understand it’s function, but I read what it states.

“In this case, there are many factors that make Skylar’s case unique and we continue to pray for the best outcome for him, his family as well as our team and our school.


“Lastly, the letter of the rule is one thing, but I don’t think the ‘spirit’ of the rule as it pertains to Skylar and his situation was intended to have a player sit out two seasons. This is speaking only of what I know to be true of Skylar’s case. This is my own personal opinion. I respect the HHSAA and its members, but hope that they can reconsider their position based on the unique facts of the case.”

Chris Chun, the HHSAA executive director, said he can’t comment during ongoing litigation. Joe Stewart, an attorney for the HHSAA, did not want to comment because Kalilikane-McMooore is a minor.

COMMENTS

  1. Eastside Hooligan September 18, 2018 9:59 pm

    So sad that they wont let him play. He sat out for a year!!! This is also denying him potential scholarship offers.


  2. TD September 19, 2018 5:42 am

    Nice to see that Skylar got to play. I’m sure he will remember that game for the rest of his life. Kudos to the ILH for making a common sense decision. The HHSAA needs to stop hiding behind their lawyers and let the public know their position on this. Who knows there may be other student athletes going through the same situation as SKYLAR as we speak. LET HIM PLAY.


  3. ??? September 19, 2018 8:32 am

    These transfer rules need to go out the window, Just-let the kids play. Emotionally & Physically making a kid sit out a year is a life changing experience in a Negative way.


  4. Athletic Director September 19, 2018 8:58 am

    If the case isn’t resolved before the post season, will St. Francis have to forfeit ther win versus PAC 5? Does the win-loss record reflecting the forfeiture determine who represents the ILH in division 2?


  5. Joe September 19, 2018 8:59 am

    High schools need to stop being like colleges. They don’t have the kind of money being exchanged like the colleges. They should let the kids play especially if they paid the money and their physical dues to do so.


  6. Football Fan September 19, 2018 9:31 am

    Athletic Director:
    He’s eligible to play in the ILH. He’s just not eligible to play in the new inter-league system (ILH vs OIA) So no they will not have to forfeit their win against Pac5 (ILH vs ILH) .
    This is the whole reason why they are going to court. He is eligible in the ILH but HHSAA is saying he is not eligible to participate in inter-league play which they control.


  7. Skaiizzerr September 19, 2018 1:29 pm

    The goal of high school athletics is to get the student athletes to the collegiate level. Denying him eligibility because of these technicality issues could cost him the opportunity of a scholarship. I hope the HHSAA will revise the rule for all student athletes.


  8. Football parent September 19, 2018 4:59 pm

    Do what is right HHSAA and LET HIM PLAY! You all know he sat out 1 season already. Never played 1 game last year because in he and his families mind, they were doing the right thing to meet the transfer rules. So how about you all consider that, and the impact of potential scholarships that he could possibly miss out on because of this….please think long, hard and careful about this young man’s future before making him suffer ANOTHER year by sitting out ANOTHER season…


  9. Irison Kaleikini September 19, 2018 5:42 pm

    LET HIM PLAY!!!! GREAT FAMILY, GREAT TALENT, LET’S SEE IT!!!


  10. Stakk✌🏽💪🏽 September 19, 2018 10:15 pm

    Lucky we live Hawaii! Also in the news today, 6th worst airport in the US. Did someone say RAIL? LET HIM PLAY!


  11. BangkokJoe September 20, 2018 4:16 am

    Let me get this straight…..his parents are finally able to afford to send him St Francis to better his education and possible exposure to college scholarships. And …..he is being denied because of…..?? A completely ridiculous rule dictated by idiotic Hawaii politics. Transfer rules are for what purpose ? Public school players move all the time, live with relatives to play for another team. Maybe more playing time, a system more suited to their skills, better coaching, better academics, or a number of other reasons….as long as they are academically and age eligible. Why should any transfers be reason for ineligibility ?


  12. Athletic Director September 20, 2018 12:24 pm

    Football Fan:
    I’m glad we see eye-to-eye. We agree that Skylar is eligible to play in the ILH and that the HHSAA is in control of interleague play. What I’m pointing out is that the state football tournament is not controlled by the ILH but is controlled by the HHSAA. If the lawsuit isn’t resolved before the postseason, does the HHSAA have authority to deem the St. Francis versus Pac 5 game a forfeiture due to play by an ineligible player. Kahuku. Look what happened in 2010 to Kahuku. Different circumstances but the everything boils down to the HHSAA having the final say.
    Here’s a link to what happened to Kahuku in 2010:
    http://hisports.blogspot.com/2010/11/kahuku-forfeits-season.html


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