On this day in 2003, a pioneer of girls wrestling quit as coach to become an athletic director.
Joel Kawachi, who led Moanalua to the first three state wrestling titles, is still the AD at the school. As he pointed out in the below article, Kawachi never won the OIA boys title as a coach. Lucas Misaki gave that to him in 2019.
Kawachi’s retirement allowed Kahuku’s Reggie Torres to run off a string of seven of the next nine OIA titles. Since Kawachi took over as AD, Na Menehune have won state titles in esports, air riflery, judo, cheerleading and golf.
Kawachi was a standout wrestler and football player for Waialua in the late 1980s.