Nanakuli is moving down from OIA-ILH Division I to D-II for football, league football coordinator Harold Tanaka said Thursday.
There were reports of Kaimuki moving up from D-II to D-I, but that is not the case, Tanaka confirmed.
Last year, there were 10 teams in both the OIA-ILH D-I and D-II. For 2019, Nanakuli, in effect, is replacing St. Francis in the lowest tier. St. Francis, an ILH school, is closing its doors at the end of this school year.
This year, there will be only nine teams in OIA-ILH D-I, due to Nanakuli’s switch.
“For Kaimuki, it was about numbers,” Tanaka said. “They feel like they don’t have the numbers of players to be at the D-I level. For Nanakuli, they feel D-II is a better fit.”
In general, the OIA lets its football schools decide which division is best for them.
Here is the OIA-ILH breakdown of schools for 2019:
>> Saint Louis
>> Pearl City