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While their football team accepted the Oahu Interscholastic Association’s ruling quietly, the Kahuku community is in an uproar.

"This is just too harsh," said Kela Miller, a grandmother who graduated from the school in 1960.

The OIA, earlier in the day, terminated Kahuku’s season after finding that an ineligible player had participated in many games. Miller was among dozens of concerned Kahuku supporters and parents who attended a meeting last night. Their response isn’t unique. For years, playoff teams have seen their seasons crushed due to ineligibility issues in various sports.

At Kahuku, where the team was 10-0 and ranked No. 1 all season, Miller is part of a groundswell of fans who want to make a difference.

"Everybody feels a responsibility to do something," said Miller, who has seen grandchildren and nephews attend and graduate from Kahuku. "We have a legal person and we’re organizing. We’re going after the OIA."

The league fulfilled its obligation regarding ineligible athletes, using a by-law shared by other leagues around the state.

"We’re not getting the school or the principal or Reggie (Torres, the football coach) involved. We’re doing this as a community," Miller added.

The group met again last night at the school.

 

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