Hawaii Prep World has learned through multiple sources that the Interscholastic League of Honolulu has decided that ‘Iolani will move up to Division I for regular-season and state-tournament classification for football starting this fall.
No official announcement has been made by the ILH.
St. Francis, meanwhile, will move down to Division II.
Last year, both ‘Iolani and St. Francis played a D-II ILH schedule, with ‘Iolani going to D-II states and St. Francis classified for D-I for states.’
When the historic ILH and OIA agreement was announced in late February, the two leagues sent out a news release stating that St. Francis was in D-I and ‘Iolani in D-II for 2018. That release, apparently, was based on last year’s placement and came before the ILH’s decision to switch the divisions for the two schools. Sources said the decision was made about a week ago.
For the regular season, ‘Iolani and Damien of the ILH will play against each other as well as a full slate of games against eight OIA D-I teams — Aiea, Castle, Kailua, Waipahu, Leilehua, Moanalua, Nanakuli and Radford.
St. Francis and Pac-Five of the ILH will play against each other as well as a full slate of games against eight OIA D-II teams — Kaimuki, Kalaheo, Kalani, McKinley, Pearl City, Roosevelt, Kaiser and Waialua.
‘Iolani has been a Division II team since classificiation began for football in 2003, except for 2015 and 2016, when it moved up to Division I. In 2016, the state held its first three-tiered tournament, adding the Open Division (top tier). The Raiders were in the middle (D-I) tier in 2016 and the bottom tier (D-II) in 2017.
Except for 2017, the state has classified St. Francis as a D-II school since it began football competition in 2013.