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Commentary on the Kahuku Football Suspension

Kahuku Football Team Suspended from Playoff Pacticipation

The problems at Kahuku High concerning their football program continue to gain media attention and public sympathy.

The issue, as I understand it, involves an ineligible player on the football team’s roster.  As a former high school coach I know full well that student/athletes need to meet certain requirements in order to play.

At Waiakea High School we had one of the best Athletic Directors in the State of Hawaii, the late Ken Yamase.  

Ken would always grade check ever athlete and would notify the coaches immediately should there be any questions about that athletes eligibility.

Yamase was a no no-nonsense Director who would insure that everyone on the playing field was legal.

My point here is where was the Kahuku Athletic Director and why haven’t the media started talking with him concerning an athletes eligibility?

Joseph Witford III, the Kahuku High Athletic Director according to their web site, to my knowledge has not been mentioned in the media.  Instead family and friends of Kahuku try to circumnavigate themselves around a rule.

I was at Kailua High School in 1964 when their football team was stripped of a championship for an ineligible player. 

Now, 46 years later, a group of people have decided that a rule that has applied for decades in Hawaii school athletics can and should be ignored or somehow solved within the court system.

I would simply like to hear from Kahuku’s Athletic Director concerning this matter.  How was this athlete able to slip past him during his watch?

Your comments on this topic are welcomed.


November 10, 2010 - Posted by | Editorial | , , ,


  1. Hey Bigdog..you are right..why didnt the AD do his job..all of this could have been avoided..seems to me it is his job to do just that!! Why didnt the media pick up on that?

    Comment by Fleet Feet | November 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. I totally agreed that the person responsible is the A.D., but I’m also curious as to how this came to light from a anoymous phone caller and the timing on all of this seems suspicious. Did this caller knew all along about Kahuku having ineliglble player? If so, why did this person take so long to report this and is this person connected with the school or a family member to the ineligible player? I guess we will never know who & what this person’s motives were.

    Comment by Kenneth Mailo | November 16, 2010 | Reply

    • But you are missing the point, this is not a matter about an anoymous phone call. This is about having an Athletic Director that knows the rules and applies them correctly. No getting around your AD dropping the ball on this one. If you’re looking for someone to blame look no further than your own AD.
      If your AD was doing his job this player would have never suited up to begin with and we’d be watching Kahuku win another state title.

      Comment by waynejoseph | November 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. I see your point and I agree Kahuku’s AD dropped the ball. It’s unfortunate that Kahuku’s AD, Joe Whitford has not been heard from since the story broke and that it was passed off as simply a “clerical error”. Joe do the right thing, “man up” and admit you were at fault and step down as AD.

    Comment by Kenneth Mailo | November 23, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s not the athletic director’s fault entirely. It takes three signatures on the slip that approves the players of the team:
      1. Football Coach Reggie Torres
      2. Athletic Director Joe Whitford
      3. Principal Donna Lindsey

      Out of three people not one of them picked up the mistake. I don’t understand why everyone is blaming the A.D.

      Comment by ElizabethJ. | February 7, 2011 | Reply

      • Because in every school that I’ve ever coached at the AD is directly responsible for doing the grade checks.

        Comment by waynejoseph | February 7, 2011

  4. Isn’t the AD on a leave of absence? Also, what was the determination of the governing body of sports in Hawaii.
    I guess it’s okay for former coaches, AD’s and fans to comment as to who is at fault (1st Amendment). However, if the governing body of sports in Hawaii has determined the guilt and punishment, then case over. If they haven’t, then wait for their final report and punishment.

    Comment by Gregg Hitchcock | February 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. Honestly the ad was at fault, but now look at kahuku as a whole, the AD was forced to step down, and now replaced by Jillian yamagata? The same lady who was making all the false accusations against the Ad, the same lady who applied fornthe job earlier but did not get it because of likeness. Yah the Ad made amistake, but it was only one in 10 years, kahuku will suffer now because of a worst Ad. Mark my words, Jillian is not in the interest of kahuku high school. Neither is the principal. They are basing their decisions on emotions. They think they know the voice of the community, they are entirely mistaken. I think it’s sick, and childish when false accusations are made, fully investigated, and the accuser walks free. Even gets a job. Sounds like corruption to me. I am a true red raider, not a band wagon supporter, and kahuku needs a new principal. It wasn’t the Ad fault, blame the register that was there for only one year? Wow, thats funny, blame the administration for erroneously promoting the kid.

    Comment by Truredraider | March 13, 2012 | Reply

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