Chaminade High has joined three other Valley-area football teams that plan to open the 1990 season in Hawaii.
Coach Rich Lawson has scheduled Chaminade's opening game this season against Konawaena High on the big island of Hawaii on Aug. 31, the day after Canyon, Crespi and Montclair Prep are scheduled to play a tripleheader against Island teams at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Montclair Prep is scheduled to start the tripleheader at 3 p.m., Hawaiian time, against Farrington High. Crespi would play the second game against Kahuku, which placed second in the state last year. Canyon is scheduled to play the nightcap against St. Louis, the state champion that was ranked 18th in the nation by USA Today last year and owner of the nation's second-longest current winning streak at 54.
Canyon received formal permission for the trip Wednesday from the Southern Section, and Crespi and Montclair Prep expect to get the green light shortly. Chaminade received permission from Mission League members and will seek formal approval from the Southern Section this week.
Originally, Southern Section rules would have forbidden the games because they are scheduled before the start of the Southern Section season. Section rules forbid teams from playing when their sport is not in season.
But a compromise was reached when Hawaiian promoter Skip Akina agreed to move the tripleheader back one week, and the Southern Section allowed the teams to begin practice one week earlier than other section teams.