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Go Raiders!One Team!


Edward K. Hamada '46

Head Football Coach 1960-1988

"After a game, no one should be able to tell by walking past our bus or locker room whether we won or lost. Be humble in victory and gracious in defeat."

Eddie Hamada Legacy Project

Playing sports at ‘Iolani isn't about winning or losing

It's about being a part of 'One Team'

‘Iolani School's "One Team" ethos originated with the legendary Father Kenneth A. Bray, who was the school's football, basketball and baseball coach from 1932 to 1953. He established a tradition for modesty, sportsmanship and unity in athletics that was carried on by Edward K. Hamada '46, who was one of his players, and is still practiced today.

During a typical school year, nearly 2,000 student-athletes in the Upper and Lower Schools exhibit their school pride by representing ‘Iolani in athletic competitions.

What they learn through those experiences is part of their educational journey.

Dedicated coaches make the athletic experience a time of learning and growth for all students.

The school is a member of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) and the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association (HHSAA). In addition, Lower School teams compete in the Christian School Athletic League (CSAL).

By the Numbers

Raider Athletics at a Glance

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.'


‘Iolani sponsored 105 teams at the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels during the 2021-22 school year.


Athletic participation is high at ‘Iolani. Seventy-one percent of Upper School students play in at least one sport.


‘Iolani sponsored the competition of 1,690 student-athletes during the 2021-22 school year.


‘Iolani varsity teams have won at least one HHSAA state championship every year since 1986.

Raiders in Action!

In 2022-23, ‘Iolani sponsored 107 teams at the intermediate, junior varsity and varsity levels, which participated in more than 1,077 competitive events. Slightly less than a third of the events (327) occurred on campus.

Athletic participation has been consistently high at ‘Iolani. During the 2022-23 school year, 75.5 percent of Upper School students (an all-time high of 1,065) participated in at least one sport, and 33.5 percent participated in more than one.

Participation was 79.4 percent among boys (573) and 65.7 percent among girls (492). 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 1,723 athletes during the 2022-23 school year.


Video Series

Get ready to be inspired. These stories convey the impact athletics at ‘Iolani School make on young lives.
The Impact of Athletics
A Cheerleading Story
A Volleyball Story
A Judo Story
A Baseball Story
A Soccer Story


“Team over self. Action over talk. Results over credit.”Dr. Mark Mugiishi '77sums up "one team" in nine words