Kahuku High School agreed to reinstate boys head basketball coach Alan Akina today, at the conclusion of a state court hearing on Akina’s lawsuit against the school’s principal, athletic director and parents of some of the players, Akina’s lawyer Eric Seitz said.
For his part Akina agreed not to play an active role with the team since it will be disruptive, Seitz said.
Akina filed the lawsuit last month after he said he was suspended for calling up his freshman son to the varsity team.
The school said Akina was not suspended, but placed on leave pending an investigation of complaints of favoritism from players and their parents. Two of Akina’s sons are on the team.
Akina denies he favored his sons and presented statistics that show another player on the team took the most shots.
Seitz said the defendants also agreed to end the investigation and work toward resolving the rest of Akina’s claims without having to go to trial.
Principal Pauline Masaniai, Athletic Director Gillian Yamagata and their lawyer, Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Keating, refused requests for comment as they left the courtroom.
During the hearing Keating presented notes prepared by Masaniai and Yamagata, of meetings they had with Akina. According to the notes Masaniai and Yamagata said they told Akina that he needs to spread out the playing time evenly among all of the players.