HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A group of parents of Kahuku High School football players plan to file suit to get the team back into the OIA and state championship playoffs. They met with attorney Eric Seitz Saturday in an effort to block the Hawaii High School Athletic Association from enforcing the punishment that forced the Red Raiders to forfeit their games this season.
The parents said they are not arguing with the ruling that there was an eligible player on the team. "But their system is flawed, and we need to discuss what can help prevent this and make the outcome of these sorts of violations a lot clearer and less severe," said Delsa Moe, mother of senior quarterback Evin Moe.
The OIA ruled on Thursday that the number one-ranked Red Raiders would have to forfeit its season and stay out of the playoffs. Hundreds at the school protested the decision Saturday, while at the same time, the parents met with Seitz in their efforts to block the HHSAA from enforcing the punishment, even though the playoffs are already underway.
"We don't have any time to waste. We want to get our boys to play, and so we're hoping if we don't get an injunction filed by tomorrow (Sunday), then first thing Monday morning," Moe said.
Seitz's clients have included Army Lt. Ehren Watada in his court martial for refusing an order to deploy to Iraq.
"We're very happy to have him advise us in this legal aspect of this case that we have," said Joe Napeahi, the father of a Kahuku senior.
The Kahuku parents said it was unfair for their kids to be punished for what they called a clerical error that was committed by an adult. And while they also complained that the Red Raiders may have been unfairly targeted because they is the number one team, the parents also said it was for their kids, and for other schools as well.
"What we're trying to do is do what's right for our boys, and prevent this from happening to some other school. Who knows? Kahuku this year, it could be somebody completely different next year," Moe said.
"We're excited, but we can only hope. It's for our kids," said Napeahi.
Seitz was said to be working on the paperwork to file for the injunction Saturday, and was unavailable for comment. He has scheduled a press conference Sunday.