OIA has three proposals to tweak state football format at HIADA

Waipahu running back Alfred Failauga (25) led the Marauders to the D-I state title last year as the only OIA team in the field. The league is making a proposal at HIADA to potentially add a second team to the D-I state tournament. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

There are three proposals on the agenda for next week’s Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association meeting on Kauai that would tweak the state football format.

All three were submitted by the OIA.

One of the proposals is based on if the KIF declares for the Division II state football tournament, which it did last year and is expected to do again this year, according to sources close to the Garden Isle league.

The measure suggests keeping six teams in the D-II tourney, but adding one more team into the D-I tournament for a total of five. The Open Division would remain at four.

If this proposal gets adopted, one team would qualify for D-I states from the BIIF, ILH, and MIL, along with two teams from the OIA (instead of the one in 2018).

According to its rationale on the measure, the OIA points out the following supporting numbers:

>> Four of the nine (44 percent) total Open Division teams would qualify for the tournament.

>> Five of 16 (31.2 percent) total D-I teams would qualify for the tournament. (Up from four of 16 — 25 percent — from last year).

>> Six of the 20 (30 percent) total D-II teams would qualify for states.

The OIA’s second proposal would be moot unless the KIF chooses the unlikely scenario of switching to D-I.

But, if the KIF goes the D-I route, the OIA’s suggestion is for the D-II tourney to decrease from six to five teams. So if this proposal passes, D-I and D-II would be five-team tournaments.

Similar to the numbers in the OIA’s first proposal, the league also gives percentages for this measure:

>> Open would still qualify four of nine (44 percent) total teams into the tourney.

>> D-I would qualify five of 19 (26.3 percent) teams into the tourney.

>> D-II would qualify five of 16 (31.2 percent) teams into the tourney.

All of this is assuming that the ILH has more than one team in Division II when the season starts. Pac-Five is the only ILH team in Division II at present and at this point, the league will not get a bid into the tournament unless it has at least two D-II teams.

In the OIA’s third HIADA football proposal, it is asking for the Division I state tournament to be exempt from normal seeding criteria.

Essentially, this would guarantee that a top team from a league would get one of the four seeds in what would be a five-team tourney. For instance, ‘Iolani and Damien of the ILH are in Division I, but at present can’t be seeded because the league only has two participating D-I teams and needs three to get a seed.

This proposal, ostensibly, would avoid putting potentially one of the strongest teams in the division (from the private-school ILH) against one of the likelihood of a weaker team (most likely second place in the public-school OIA) in a first-round matchup that would determine which team joins the other three qualifiers in the semifinals.

HIADA’s annual conference is June 4-6 at the Kauai Marriott Resort in Lihue.


  1. Mahatma Gandhi June 2, 2019 12:32 pm

    They can tweak it all they want to, but with all the recruiting St Louis does, no other team in the state stands a chance against them.

  2. notes June 2, 2019 2:47 pm

    they need to “tweak” the state tournament by completely expelling st louis and the entire ILH until they commit to giving up their predatory recruiting of our local community kids. other than that, let them play in their own 4 team league against each other and call their championship game The Recruit Bowl

  3. ILH June 3, 2019 7:52 am

    Predatory recruiting. So dark and sinister.

    In that case, you should put Millilani in that category also.
    One of your own is creeping too.

  4. ALLILH June 3, 2019 10:20 am

    Yeah Entertainment time again as Kahuku will have another rebuilding year…So aannyywwaayyss and friends just going to complain or say how things were back in the 50’s and 60’s.


  5. Real Talk on HawaiiPrepWorld June 3, 2019 11:20 am

    it’s 2019 and yall still complaining about “recruiting”???

  6. ILH June 3, 2019 12:39 pm


    Lets talk about LOADED bats.

  7. Mahatma Gandhi June 3, 2019 3:38 pm

    ILH, Mililani has to recruit football players if they want to be competitive. Same thing Puahou was forced to do if they wanted a competitive Div 1 football program. It’s St Louis that ruined everything with EXCESSIVE recruiting. I have no problem at all if a team recruits to make them competitive . It’s recruiting to the degree that no other school stands a chance against you that I have problems with. That is what St Louis does.
    I do remember Hawaii high school football in the 1970s when they played at old Honolulu Stadium in Moiliili. Every ILH game was up for grabs. My faddah would take me and we would watch tripleheaders.

  8. ILH June 3, 2019 4:11 pm

    You are comparing Football almost 50 yrs ago to how it is now?

    I understand now why you call it excessive.

  9. notes June 4, 2019 9:05 am

    St. Louis broke the system with their win at all costs mentality. they knew that they couldn’t keep up with the local community schools which have strong neighborhood bonds and they knew that the education they offer is subpar at best.

    so what did st lulu do? they decided that the only way they can stay open is football revenue, so they destroyed high school football by ruthless and predatory recruiting. it was so bad that the OIA split and created their own league and now “coach” cal lee and his minions in the HHSAA once again is trying to merge the leagues to finish the job. now schools like mililani HAVE to recruit to even keep up and all you ILH/cal lee fanboys are blaming mililani instead of looking at the mirror and looking deep within your own selves

  10. notes June 4, 2019 9:08 am

    punahou is the same way only instead of just football and sports recruiting they also recruit the best academic students. it’s a myth that the “punahou education” is so much better than kahuku or any other public school in hawaii. they just recruit all the smart kids and then act like they actually developed these kids to go to fancy mainland schools. but what’s the truth? the truth is those kids would’ve gone to big universities regardless. punahou just pumped them for tuition money and prestige

  11. Jayme Wight June 5, 2019 5:24 pm

    Mahatma Gandhi, WHO CARES about your experiences of watching football in the 1970s? If you wish to stroll down memory lane and live in the past, do it somewhere else.

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