Numerous island sporting events rained out

LIHUE — Wet and stormy weather Saturday morning took a toll on sporting events around the island.

“They were not going to let the kids play in this kind of weather,” Kurt Toma said Saturday at the Read Across America event at the Kukui Grove Center. “My grandkids play for the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association and their games got canceled because of the weather.”

The rainy weather also affected the Kauai Interscholastic Federation schedule of events for Saturday.

“We have to wait at least 30 minutes following thunder,” said Alton Amimoto, the Kauai High School boys golf coach. “We had thunder earlier, so we’re just waiting. In the meantime, if we have to make adjustments, we cut from the bottom of the pairings. There are already groups who won’t have to play today.”

Eventually, the KIF golf match scheduled at the Puakea Golf Course was canceled, sending golfers off to other events, or as in the case of some of the Kauai High School boys, out onto the driving range for some practice hitting.

The match will be played on March 18, a make-up day on the KIF calendar, at Wailua Golf Course.

“It’s a good thing,” said Bill Arakaki, state Department of Education Kauai Complex Area superintendent, after reading at the Read Across America event. “The weather service just issued a flood advisory for Kauai until this afternoon.”

KIF baseball between Waimea High School and Kauai High School was also canceled Saturday.

Originally scheduled for a double-header at Vidinha Stadium starting at 4 p.m., officials watched the weather Friday evening and Saturday morning before deciding to cancel the game.

No one was around at the Kauai Community College tennis courts, which were still wet from an earlier downpour, although Island School was scheduled to host Kapaa High School in the second tennis match of the season.

No word was available from Waimea High School, where the Menehune were scheduled to host Kauai High School at 10 a.m.

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