Hawaii delays the start of 2021 high school football season to September 24 and adds vaccine mandate

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The 2021 Hawaii high school football season will not start Friday. The State Department of Education has announced that the season won’t start until September 24 and all student-athletes, athletics staff and volunteers will need to be fully vaccinated by then in order to participate.

Schools began practicing in mid-July, but earlier this week, three of the eight scheduled Week 1 games were cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.

Related: Follow Hawaii high school football schedules and scores from Scorestream

Campbell at Waipahu, Aiea at Leilehua and Kamehameha at Mililani had already been cancelled prior to the announcement from the DOE.

Hawaii didn’t play football in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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