The Oahu Interscholastic Association usually plays its Division I football championship on the last weekend in October and sends its teams to the state tournament that runs the first three weekends of November.
But not this year, according to the schedule posted on the league website. There is a change due to the new state tournament format now in effect.
This year, the state Division I-Open (top tier) tournament runs only two weekends instead of three (semifinals Nov. 10 and title game Nov. 18 at Aloha Stadium), leaving that first weekend of November open for all of the state’s teams in that category.
So, the OIA has gone ahead and scheduled the first three of four weeks of its league Division I playoffs for the weekends of Oct. 6-7, Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21. Then, the OIA D-I teams will have a bye on the weekend of Oct. 27-28, followed by the OIA D-I title game and third-place game on Nov. 4 at Aloha Stadium.
The Division I (middle tier) state tournament semifinals will also be Nov. 4 at sites to be determined, with the final on Nov. 18 at Aloha Stadium. The OIA does not send any teams to the middle-tier state tournament.
In Division II (lowest tier), the state tourney semis are Nov. 3 at sites to be determined, with the final on Nov. 18 at Aloha Stadium.