Where the OIA-ILH FB alliance proposal stands

The ball was up in the air in between Waianae running back Jaren Ulu, right, and Kahuku's Pesa Lefau during the state tournament semifinals last fall. The OIA-ILH football alliance took a handoff in the spring and was met by a hard tackle a month later. Will it be fumbled? Or will it be talked about by the Hawaii HIgh School Athletic Association's football committee?  Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The ball was up in the air in between Waianae running back Jaren Ulu, right, and Kahuku’s Pesa Lefau during the state tournament semifinals last fall. The OIA-ILH football alliance took a handoff in the spring and was met by a hard tackle a month later. Will it be fumbled? Or will it be talked about by the Hawaii HIgh School Athletic Association’s football committee? Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

For anyone who is wondering what happened to the Oahu Interscholastic Association/Interscholastic League of Honolulu football alliance proposal for 2016 that would have created a three-tier combined OIA-ILH system along with three (instead of two) state championships and $1 million annually for three years from the business community to be divided among the 29 football playing high schools, this is where it’s at:

>> The proposal passed unanimously in a vote of ILH heads of school
>> The proposal was not acted on by either the OIA or (if it had passed through the OIA) the Hawaii High School Athletic Association
>> A separate proposal that did not address an OIA-ILH alliance was presented to the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association calling for two eight-team (instead of six-team) state tournaments, but it was withdrawn while in HIADA committee.
>> Along with the withdrawal of that proposal was a recommendation by the HIADA committee for the HHSAA state football committee to discuss the future of state football. It’s likely but not definite that the OIA-ILH alliance proposal for 2017 or beyond will be discussed there.

The 11-member HHSAA state football committee is comprised of HHSAA executive director Chris Chun along with the executive directors and football coordinators of the five Hawaii leageus — the ILH, OIA, Big Island Interscholastic Federation, Kauai Interscholastic Federation and Maui Interscholastic League.

Any proposal that the HHSAA football committee chooses to focus on can be brought forward to either the HHSAA executive board or HIADA.

HHSAA football committee
Note: If changes have been made to this committee or it looks incorrect for whatever reason, please email nabramo@staradvertiser.com with the correct information.
>> Chris Chun, HHSAA executive director
>> Blane Gaison, ILH executive director
>> Ray Fujino, OIA executive director
>> Lyle Crozier, BIIF executive director
>> Diane Nitta, KIF executive director
>> Joe Balangitao, MIL executive director
>> Georges Gilbert, ILH football coordinator
>> Harold Tanaka, OIA football coordinator
>> Kalei Namohala, BIIF football coordinator
>> Jon Kobayashi, KIF football coordinator
>> Jon Viela, MIL football coordinator


  1. SimpleSimon June 25, 2016 5:29 pm

    Leave it the way it is. We can’t please everyone.

  2. bumbuchas June 25, 2016 5:45 pm

    money talks, up the ante from $35g to $50g and the OIA will be all ears. there is talk that $35g doesn’t go very far.

  3. bumbuchas June 25, 2016 5:54 pm

    1 more thing, 8 team state tournament should be the norm. we must be the only state with such a format where #1 and #2 seeds have a bye in the qtr finals, and have a chance to be well rested and fully prepared for the qtr final winner. It’s only fair all teams have an opening round game. It’s hogwash that the 8 team format was done away with due to the lopsided scores.

  4. Mahatma Gandhi June 25, 2016 6:50 pm

    I remember how even the iLH and OIA teams were in the 1970s. The ILH maybe had one bonafide Pac-10 recruit a year, which evened things out with the OIA. There was no need for a Div 2 level. What changed everything was St Louis starting in the early 1980s and their excessive recruiting. So excessive and thorough was their recruiting that even their 3rd team would have won 16 straight state football championships. Other ILH schools had to then up their recruiting if they wanted to be competitive with St Louis. Which has created a huge gap between the ILH schools and OIA schools like Waipahu, Nanakuli, Kalaheo, Roosevelt and Kaimuki.

  5. Northshore June 25, 2016 8:02 pm

    The proposal was passed unanimously in a vote by ILH heads of schools. Why wouldn’t they? It’s obvious that they would prefer to participate in a league that has more than 4 teams, and not having to play each other twice. They would like to prove that the ILH teams are much better but one must not overlook, only because they have an advantage to recruit blue chip players from within the state by providing mom and dad with financial aid to defray the cost of the high tuition. Wouldn’t any parent want the best for their child if it would make things easier especially when it comes to paying for better education and facilities. The leagues must adhere to the same ground rules if they should decide to join together. Just imagine if athletes from different towns didn’t have the opportunity to receive financial aid, the schools in those towns would have a lot more talented players and who knows, a winning record. Naw, until changes are made about recruiting by ILH teams, the OIA can do without them because it’s structurally fine right now.

  6. Ldub Twenty June 25, 2016 8:23 pm

    Whoever is against this is also against progress. Stop playing the victim and crying like babies, OIA fanboys! You give the WHOLE OIA a BAD NAME!

  7. Andrew Hopoi June 26, 2016 6:37 am

    Hopefully OIA can move forward and pass this proposal so we can watch better and exciting football games every week! The current OIA format is pathetic so lame to see so many lopsided win every week. Why not make it challenging every week?

  8. 88 June 26, 2016 7:12 am

    Nothing is wrong with the current OIA season,the ILH is feeling lonely because thay only have three teams. Why not take that 3 million and help your D2 ILH teams improve their play. St. Francis started recruiting from tonga and will soon jump into D1, Damien is 5 recruits away from competing in the upper echelon, Iolani just needs to listen to some tony robbins tapes to over come their fear of D1

  9. YNAE June 27, 2016 10:44 am

    What the ILH schools want is money and take talented players from other schools

  10. Ldub Twenty June 28, 2016 1:37 am

    88 is what I’m talking about. OIA fanboys like him are NOTHING but crybabies!

  11. Recruiting crybabies June 28, 2016 1:46 pm

    “Rooted Not Recruited”; a slogan created by students of Waianae High School, depicting a pillar of its football teams proud history of smash-mouth football utilizing nothing but its OWN keikis and not outsiders just to be competitive and achieve some wins. ILH has been recruiting kids from all over the state (which is a benefit of being a private school) for years. These were practically the only schools (aside from Kahuku and a few others) that could even compete with Waianae! Now you have all kinds of OIA schools finding loopholes and ways around the system just to get “Sought-out” players on their teams, and in the process sacrificing playing time for their OWN kids!!! I love football and many other sports as much as the next jock, but when did our public LEARNING institutes start making it blatantly obvious that certain guidelines can and will be compromised for the benefit of its athletic programs. Shame on the OIA!!! I say combine the leagues; public schools have been recruiting for quite some time now!!! What’s the difference???

  12. Ldub Twenty June 30, 2016 1:45 am

    Recruiting Crybabies, I like the way you think. Will 88 agree with you, though?

  13. phILHarmonic July 1, 2016 10:46 am

    Just curious, if you a player born and raised in Kahuku and played in Kahuku, why would you leave to play at a private school?

  14. 88 July 1, 2016 4:40 pm

    The same reason players who are born in Hawaii and grow up playing football in Hawaii leave to play for Mainland Universities. More opportunities………. Uhhhh duhhhhhhhh…….

  15. phILHarmonic July 5, 2016 11:17 am

    88- Then why is it perceived by so many as a bad thing when the ILH schools offer these scholar athletes opportunities? same thing, no?

  16. 88 July 5, 2016 2:27 pm

    It’s not a bad thing. It’s a win win for the kid and his family. The only ones complaining and crying about this is are the PART-TIME RED RAIDERS! These are the people who brag and gloat to their friends at work when Kahuku is winning but as soon as we lose they make all kinds of excuses as to why we lose. Our kids going to the ILH is THE BIGGEST excuse these people make. St. Louis, Punahou, Damien, Iolani, PAC 5 Please Please Please continue to come here to the North Shore and offer our kids scholarships.

  17. phILHarmonic July 7, 2016 1:18 pm

    88- thank you for the clarification and insight.

    It is my favorite time of the year. Its football season!!!!!

  18. Former OIA Insider July 8, 2016 11:29 am

    Besides the old school philosophical differences, a major factor in the hold up is the potential trickle down into all the other sports. Even though this is only for football, it will leave a precedent open for the other sports. Then gender equity comes into play and so on. Remember this is basically what happened when football broke into division 1 and 2. Then it trickled down into every sport. So the argument for it’s just for football doesn’t hold water, because that was the driving idea between div1 & 2.

  19. SimpleSimon October 5, 2016 4:40 pm

    This will be a rude awakening for the ILH.

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