King Kekaulike forfeits football game at Kamehameha Maui

Citing “issues with our depth chart,” King Kekaulike High School athletic director P.K. Higa said in a telephone conversation with The Maui News that his school’s football team will forfeit today’s varsity game against Kamehameha Maui that was set for a 7 p.m. kickoff at Kanaiaupuni Stadium.

The junior varsity game set for 4:30 p.m. is still on, Higa said. Na Alii (0-7) have not won a varsity game since Sept. 5, 2014 — tonight’s forfeit marks their 29th MIL loss in a row.

Higa later sent a press release to The Maui News.

“This is a painful decision, but in the final analysis this is the only responsible decision we could make,” the release said. “Over the past 24 hours we’ve had multiple conversations that included the team, coaches, trainers, Principal and myself. Without question, our student athletes are ready to play. In no way does this decision reflect on their commitment, work ethic and talent. However, the inevitable conclusion, given the state of our depth chart, is not to go forward with tonight’s game. No decision has been made about our last game scheduled for next week.”

Higa said his team will “re-evaluate the situation” before next week’s game against Maui High, which is set for Friday and is the last one on the schedule for Na Alii.

The last time a football game was forfeited in the MIL was Sept. 26, 2015, when King Kekaulike forfeited to Maui High.