Leeward, Windward club football meeting Thursday; Kauai calls out for players

A club football informational meeting will be held Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Damien Memorial cafeteria.

The meeting will be a chance for college athletes who are interested in playing for the Leeward or Windward clubs in Hawaii 8 — a new league under the nonprofit Hawaii Football Club — that starts in the spring of 2020.

Windward coach Reggie Torres — the former Kahuku High coach — and Leeward coach Walter Young — the former Waianae High coach — will be at the meeting to greet potential players.

The following information will be presented:

>> Hawaii 8 eligibility
>> NCAA eligibility
>> Hawaii 8 enrollment status
>> Hawaii 8 registration process

Informational meetings have already been held on Maui (Maui Football Club under coach Aylett Wallwork) and the Big Island (Moku O Keawe Football Club under coach Andrew Chun).

The Kauai Football Club has not scheduled an informational meeting, but coach Stacy Iwasaki has put out the call for potential players, coaches and other staff positions on social media.

Iwasaki can be reached by email at kauaifootball@gmx.com, on Instagram at coachiwasaki, and on Facebook under Stacy Iwasaki.

All Hawaii 8 clubs will be loosely based on the geographical area of Hawaii’s community colleges. Work is being done to have Hawaii 8’s clubs officially become part of those campuses. At this point, there is no official affiliation between the clubs and the campuses.

In years to come, Hawaii 8 wants to add three clubs to the league to make eight — one more (in addition to Hilo) on the Big Island (West Hawaii) along with clubs affiliated with Honolulu and Kapiolani Community Colleges.

Hawaii 8 is in the process of obtaining sponsors to help defray costs, including travel.

Tryouts, which are planned for this summer, will be announced at a later date.

The planned eight clubs/geographical area campuses are:

The first five
>> Kauai Football Club (Kauai Community College)
>> Leeward Football Club (Leeward Community College)
>> Maui Football Club (UH Maui College)
>> Moku O Keawe Football Club (Hawaii Community College in Hilo)
>> Windward Football Club (Windward Community College)

The next three
>> Unnamed West Hawaii club (Hawaii Community College-Palamanui in Kailua-Kona)
>> Honolulu Football Club (Honolulu Community College)
>> Kapiolani Football Club (Kapiolani Community College)

The Maui Football Club’s official logo.

For more information, visit Hawaii8.org.


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