State Open and D-I football teams set (almost)

Waianae's Rico Rosario rushed for 197 yards against Mililani. The Seariders won 36-33 to advance to the OIA semifinals and clinch a spot in the upcoming state Open division. George F. Lee / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Waianae’s Rico Rosario rushed for 197 yards against Mililani. The Seariders won 36-33 to advance to the OIA semifinals and clinch a spot in the upcoming state Open division. George F. Lee / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

All six of the state’s first Open division football tournament spots have been secured. The highly anticipated event starts the weekend of Nov. 4-5.

In addition, seven of the eight teams who will play in the Division I tournament have also qualified.

Only two of the six teams in Division II have secured state berths. Eight teams are still alive for those four spots.

Three teams earned state spots this weekend — Saint Louis and Punahou from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in the Open and Kapaa from the Kauai Interscholastic Federation in Division II.

Of the state’s 45 high school teams, 20 have been eliminated from state consideration.

Here are the qualifiers:

>> Kahuku (8-1)
>> Kapolei (8-1)
>> Waianae (8-2)
>> Farrington (7-2)
>> Punahou (7-1)
>> Saint Louis (7-1)

Division I
>> Baldwin (7-2) or Maui (5-4). Bears clinch with a win Saturday.
>> Campbell (5-4)
>> Hilo (7-1)
>> ‘Iolani (3-7)
>> Leilehua (4-6)
>> Mililani (5-3)
>> Moanalua (5-5)
>> Waiakea (3-7)

Division II
>> Kapaa (7-1)
>> Lahainaluna (5-4)
>> Two from OIA; either Kaimuki (5-3), Pearl City (5-3), Waialua (5-2) or Waipahu (7-1)
>> One from ILH; either Damien (5-2) or St. Francis (5-2)
>> One from BIIF; either Konawaena (7-1) or Kamehameha-Hawaii (6-3)


>> Aiea (3-5)
>> Castle (4-5)
>> Kailua (3-5)
>> Kaiser (2-7)
>> McKinley (0-8)
>> Nanakuli (0-8)
>> Kalaheo (1-7)
>> Kalani (4-3)
>> Kamehameha (3-6)
>> Pac-Five (2-5)
>> Radford (0-8)
>> Roosevelt (2-6)

>> Kauai (1-6)
>> Waimea (3-4)

>> Kamehameha-Maui (2-7)
>> King Kekaulike (0-7)

>> Hawaii Prep (0-8)
>> Honokaa (4-4)
>> Keaau (2-5)
>> Kealakehe (3-5)


  1. Mahatma Gandhi October 16, 2016 6:01 am

    I take it the OIA and ILH champions will get first round byes in the Open tournament. Who gives a rip about the lesser divisions? And then Punahou and St Louis will be in opposite sides of the bracket. Now the ILH championship counts for something. But not everything as in the past as when only the ILH champion could play for the state championship.

  2. Jason Keuma October 16, 2016 6:38 am

    Poorly thought out, patch together playoff idea.

    Second chances, third chances, everyone gets a trophy.

  3. 731grown October 16, 2016 8:06 am

    How is the open championship a state title when only teams from oahu are in it

  4. 88 October 16, 2016 9:16 am

    Because the BEST teams from the State are on Oahu.

  5. Chloropicrin October 16, 2016 9:25 am

    Waikea and Iolani with 3-7 records qualifies for states. Lol.

  6. What You Wish For October 16, 2016 10:43 am

    Are Waiakea and Iolani Div 2 teams? No. Are they Open teams? No. Seems like a lot of the comments here say that Iolani is a Div 1 team. They just happen to be the ILH’s only Div 1 team, so they go to the State Tournament. Funny how things work out.

  7. Jason Keuma October 16, 2016 10:50 am

    Chloropicrin- Glad im not the only one thinking this. 3-7 team in the “d1” playoffs.

    Anyone else wondering why only 20 teams of 45 have been eliminated from playoff competition? More than half of all the teams get to play in the playoff? Insane.

    Then best teams have come from Oahu, but that doesnt mean they will allways come from oahu. How arrogant is that to not have teams from the whole state play. Its not a state playoff. Its the prep bowl, part 2.

    since “they” are changing things around, OIA should demand that there be a limit on how many players on a team, say…..60. St louis, 89 players, beat Iolani, 48 players. Yeah, fair fight.

    The thing I hate about this “one year format” is that the “d1” winner will be listed along side all the previous D1 winners.

  8. Ridiculous October 16, 2016 11:29 am

    What a joke!!!!!!! The 0-7 conference record Iolani Raiders making states lol

  9. Ridiculous October 16, 2016 11:35 am

    And the two Hawaii teams that Iolani beat in non conference, Radford and Waimea, have a combined record of 3-12 lol

  10. Buzz October 16, 2016 11:58 am

    yea Waiakea shouldn’t be there but what can you do two if the biif better teams play in division 2. Kona should be the one playing in division 1 this year instead of waiakea.
    For Iolani i think they do belong that record is deceiving you they don’t play in scrubs. i’m not going to be surprised if they beat 7-1 Hilo.

  11. 88 October 16, 2016 12:32 pm

    Is there any team from the outer Island that can beat Iolani? I don’t think so. If Iolani wins the Div. 1 state title what does that say about the other programs? How does a program like the Trojans or Sabers recover from losing to an 0-7 team. You keep saying this is not a true State Championship because it does not include the outer Islands but are they to be included even if they are not that good to begin with.

  12. Mahatma Gandhi October 16, 2016 12:51 pm

    This is what Iolani wants. They to be able claim on their school website that they were Hawaii Div 1 state football champion. To mainlanders it’s appears to be the highest level of play in the islands.

  13. Mahatma Gandhi October 16, 2016 1:35 pm

    Jason Keuma, we think the same. I do not want trophies given out. I want them to be earned. I wonder if St Louis displays last year’s ILH trophy.

  14. 99boiz October 16, 2016 3:48 pm

    The only thing “Highly Anticipated” about the Open division is the three teams that will win it every year – Punahou, St. Louis or Kahuku. No other OIA team stands a chance. I bet Mililani is secretly celebrating their loss last night because they are now favored to win the D1 title.

  15. ilh October 16, 2016 5:45 pm

    Why so many cry babies out there, so many winers, let the games play and let all the schools make money on this new format, that’s what is all about, and really there are only really three great teams in all the Divisions, Punahou, Saint Louis, and Kahuku, no one else can compete with these three.

  16. Riders808 October 16, 2016 6:53 pm

    Why is Iolani in the D1 State Tourney and not Kamehameha? It makes no sense

  17. Chloropicrin October 16, 2016 7:30 pm

    It should be called the D1 state consolation tourney..everyone knows that the real champ will be from the open division. I don’t think any of the OIA coaches wanted to play in D1. I think York and Young said it in interviews.

  18. Chloropicrin October 16, 2016 7:33 pm

    In the history of the State tournement, only Baldwin in ’06 has had the best chance of advancing to the state title game. The had Kahuku on the ropes and lost by a Hail Mary. So yes, in 16 years of the state tournement, only one outer island team had a legit shot at the title, every other year the outer islands cannot compete. They’ve had good teams, but not good enough.

  19. Islandstyl October 16, 2016 8:06 pm

    Not long ago people complained that Iolani should be D1. Now that they are D1 the same people are complaining that Iolani is in D1. Make up your minds.

    Just play the damn game. The best will separate themselves.

  20. Football Fan October 16, 2016 10:59 pm


  21. Hau’ulaBoy October 16, 2016 11:40 pm

    @Islandstyl: I dont think people are complaining thaht Iolani is D1, I think most people are complaining because of the automatic bid into the State Tournament.

  22. Hau’ulaBoy October 16, 2016 11:46 pm

    I believe everyone should earn the chance to compete for a State title. IMO.

  23. What You Wish For October 17, 2016 7:32 am

    IRT Hau’ulaBoy, I think we agree, but, my understanding is that the ILH asked the schools to declare their status before the season started. St.Louis, Punahou, and Kamehameha declared Open; Iolani declared Div 1; St.Francis, Pac-5, and Damien declared Div 2. Given that, Iolani’s entry into the Div 1 State Tournament was automatic. It is what it is. The OIA apparently wanted to let their post season tournament decide who goes where. The top 4 go to the Open, the second 4 go to Div 1. In hindsight, if they made the teams declare, I think Mililani would have declared Open and would be out of the tournament with last week’s loss. Again, I think we’re saying the same thing.

  24. ThaGame October 17, 2016 12:54 pm

    This post season tourney is kind of a head scracher. The ILH wanted 2 teams in the Open division correct? Won’t they still cancel 1 out of the championship game if they are considered the #2 and #3 best teams in the state and be seeded that way? Idk

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