The athletic program at ‘Iolani School was founded by the late Father Kenneth A. Bray, ‘Iolani's legendary football, basketball and baseball coach from 1932 to 1953. ‘Iolani's "One Team" concept originated with Father Bray, establishing a tradition for modesty, sportsmanship and unity in athletics that is still practiced today.

In 2014-15, ‘Iolani sponsored 41 varsity girls and boys athletic teams in 20 different sports, including judo, kayaking and cheerleading. Numerous junior varsity, intermediate and extra curricular teams further expand our athletic program. 

The school is a member of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and the Hawai'i High School Athletic Association.

Athletic participation has been consistently high at ‘Iolani. During the 2014-15 school year, 71% of Upper School students (952) participated in at least one sport, and 42% participated in more than one (556).

Participation was 76% among boys (512) and 66% among girls (440). When all the one-, two-, three- and four-sport athletes are counted for every sport in which they participated at the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels, ‘Iolani sponsored the competition of 1,662 athletes on 102 teams in nearly 1,200 competitive events during the 2014-15 school year.

Dedicated coaches make the athletic experience a time of learning and growth for all students. Playing sports at ‘Iolani isn't about winning or losing. It's about school pride and the experience gained from being a part of "One Team."



Available Sports at ‘Iolani

Sport Gender and Season Offered Levels Offered
Sport Boys Girls Int-Intermediate (Gr. 7-8)
JV-Jr. Varsity (Gr. 9-11)
Var-Varsity (Gr. 9-12)
Baseball Spring No INT, JV, Varsity
Basketball Winter Winter INT, JV, Varsity
Bowling Fall Fall JV and Varsity only
Cheerleading INT (Fall, Winter), JV (Fall, Winter), Varsity (Fall, Winter)
Cross Country Fall Fall INT, JV, Varsity
Diving Winter Winter INT, JV, Varsity
Football INT and Varsity only
Golf Spring Spring INT and Varsity only
Judo Spring Spring INT, JV, Varsity
Kayaking Fall Fall JV and Varsity only
Paddling Winter Winter JV and Varsity only
Sailing Spring Spring JV and Varsity only
Soccer Winter Winter INT, JV, Varsity
Softball No Spring INT, JV, Varsity
Swimming Winter Winter INT, JV, Varsity
Tennis Yes Yes INT (Winter), JV (Fall), Varsity (Spring)
Track & Field Spring Spring INT, JV, Varsity
Volleyball Spring Fall INT, JV, Varsity
Water Polo Fall Spring INT and Varsity only
Wrestling Winter Winter INT, JV (boys), Varsity

“Mr. Hamada taught me how to be proud yet humble, at the same time, and how to keep my focus on school strong and steady.”