OIA goes head-to-head against state tournament

Kahuku receiver Royce Pao stretched out for the end zone for a touchdown in the OIA title game against Farrington last season. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

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.


  1. Education First October 6, 2017 11:04 am

    Here is some information for the nitwits that didn’t believe me. This just illustrates that more people are aware of the risks of playing football and how important academics is.

    You think it’s a coincidence that Punahou could barely field an intermediate and jv team? You think there’s no correlation between the low turnout at Iolani and the risk of CTE? Kaiser, traditionally a community with middle class and higher citizens have kids who are not interested in football (and this was prior to the new coach coming 1 year ago).

    Here is the full story – http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/10/06/sports/sports-breaking/footballs-decline-has-some-high-schools-disbanding-teams/

    I will highlight parts of the story below. I know many of our Kahuku Fans cannot read the entire article, so I will help you guys out.

    “The situation at Centennial — where a long history of losing has dampened students’ enthusiasm for football — is unique to this part of central Maryland, but there are plenty of similar examples around the U.S. Participation in high school football is down 3.5 percent over the past five years, according to the annual survey by the National Association of State High School Federations, or NFHS. The decline would be much steeper if not for a handful of states in the South and the West. Throughout the Northeast, the Midwest and the West Coast, in communities urban and rural, wealthy and working-class, fewer kids are playing football.”

    “The risks of football have never been more apparent. This summer, researchers at Boston University said they’d found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of the 202 former football players they studied. The athletes whose brains were donated to the study had played football in the National Football League, college and even high school.”

    “A study published last month in the medical journal Translational Psychiatry showed that kids who played football before age 12 were more than twice as likely to have mood and behavior problems.”

    “Maryland is one of 14 states where participation in football was down 10 percent or more over the past five years, according to NFHS data. In all, 41 states saw a decline between the 2011-12 and 2016-17 school years, and just nine states and the District of Columbia saw increases.”

    “In West Windsor Township, New Jersey, which borders Princeton University and has a median household income of $137,000, one of the two public high schools dropped varsity football this year, and the other might have to do the same next year.

    “Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, also disbanded its varsity team, with hopes that it could return in a lower division next year.”

    “In Ventura County, California, northeast of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks High School disbanded its junior-varsity team this season because it needed sophomores and juniors to fill out the varsity roster. In Marin County, north of San Francisco, Novato High School announced that it wouldn’t field a varsity team this year, but the program got a last-minute reprieve when more athletes than expected showed up for practice.”

    “The decline in participation isn’t just limited to wealthy, coastal communities. Among the states where participation is down more than 10 percent are Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois. Population in Illinois has also declined over that period, while in Michigan and Wisconsin it has only grown slightly.’

    “While participation in tackle football is down, flag football is becoming more popular. Participation in the NFL Flag program run by USA Football for kids ages 6-17 increased by 66 percent from 2013 to 2016, with 385,000 kids playing last year.”

  2. BULL BALLS October 6, 2017 12:07 pm

    will EDUCATION FIRST’S wife/husband please lead him/her away from the key board. He is embarrassing the ILH community and this forum. He in no way or form represent our views and or actions as an ILH parent.

  3. TooMeke October 6, 2017 1:30 pm

    EF: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobody cares…

    Unlike E.F. Hutton – Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooobody’s listening to you.

    Cheers bro!

  4. Grabum.by.da.puppy October 6, 2017 2:08 pm

    edufirs is pun alum make shame dat guy

  5. Education First October 6, 2017 6:22 pm

    Yet you guys all can’t stop commenting!!!


  6. Knation October 6, 2017 10:18 pm

    Education first the creeper is winning! He wins the award for the most annoying comments ever. Lmao..

  7. PlayaHatersAnonymous October 7, 2017 11:56 pm

    Special Education why do you keep making excuses for why kids don’t show up to play the greatest game on earth? Here is the kicker, if less kids show up to play football how they going to pay for their college education that they saved those brains for dumb dumb?! Go and get a room with anywaaays and get each other!

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