Hawai‘i High School Sports Canceled for Remainder of Spring Season

April 17, 2020, 3:51 PM HST · Updated April 17, 3:55 PM
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The Hawaiʻi High School Athletic Association and its member leagues announced today a decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 spring interscholastic sports season due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health threat.

The HHSAA member leagues include the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL), Big Island Interscholastic Federation (BIIF), Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH), Kauaʻi Interscholastic Federation (KIF) and the Oʻahu Interscholastic Association (OIA).

HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun issued the following statement:

“This decision to cancel the remainder of the spring season was extremely difficult for all involved considering the impact it will have on our students, parents, coaches and administrators throughout our state.

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“I would like to commend our leadership team from our five leagues in working together, thinking outside the box, in the face of an unprecedented crisis. Collectively, we have always planned for many different emergency scenarios from security threats to medical emergencies to natural disasters. In this case, the HHSAA and its member leagues used that same spirit and planning by expressing a willingness to discuss and explore every scenario and option possible to save the spring season. However, because the health and safety of our student-athletes and communities are our top priorities, there is no viable option to salvage the spring season. This decision was based upon state and county mandates, closure of facilities, and best health practices set forth by the Center of Disease Control and the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. We will continue to build upon the progress made in anticipation for the long-awaited return to sports.

“To our seniors, we thank you for the positive contributions you made on your teams, schools and communities. While this worldwide event has caused you to grow up faster than planned, you all have very bright futures ahead. We hope the lessons learned while participating in education-based athletics, along with the friendships and memories made, will make a lasting impression.”

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