The OIA semifinals are set with Waianae’s thrilling win over Mililani.
With the HHSAA’s new open division tournament, the games won’t mean quite as much as they have in the past but they will still be the only road to an OIA title. All four teams are already locked into state tournament slots.
Kahuku is the favorite to repeat as public school champion, but will have to turn back Waianae to earn the right. The Red Raiders beat the Seariders 28-0 on the North Shore back in August.
Kahuku is looking for its 26th appearance in the OIA championship, more than any other school. Waianae is right behind them with 24 OIA title game appearances, and only one of them will get there this year. The last four times Waianae made it, they lost to Kahuku in the championship.
Kapolei and Farrington meet in the other semifinal, the Hurricanes beat the Governors 28-7 on Sept. 23. It will be the first time for a postseason stadium game for the Hurricanes.
The Governors will be looking to earn their eighth appearance in the OIA final, but they have lost all but one of them (1990). Kapolei has never been in a top tier OIA championship game, but lost to Aiea in the 2003 OIA White championship.
Only half of the four seeded teams advanced to the final four, with division champs Kapolei and Kahuku getting it done. Campbell and Mililani fell short and will vie for the state Division I championship.
Those two teams will get a chance to get better on Friday, when they play a doubleheader at Mililani. Campbell will play Moanalua at 5 p.m. with Leilehua and Mililani to follow. It will be televised.