Hawaii State Tournament Milestones

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The Hawaii state tournament series structure has changed several times since the first Pacific District tournament was held in 1958. Key events in the evolution of this structure include the following:

YEARMILESTONE
1958Hawaiian leagues compete in a Pacific District tournament that determines one of the eight representatives in the newly expanded Little League World Series. The Pearl Harbor Little League wins the tournament and becomes Hawaii's first World Series representative. All Hawaiian leagues again compete in the Pacific tournament in 1959. Many early Hawaiian leagues are affiliated with U.S. military bases located in the Hawaiian Territory.
1960Hawaii becomes a state on August 23, 1959. In 1960, officials organize the state's leagues into three districts. Districts 1 and 2 are based on Oahu, while District 3 encompasses all other islands. The champions of the three districts meet in a single-elimination state tournament, and the winner of the state tournament advances to the World Series as the Pacific Region champions.
1961The Hawaiian state champions play a Japanese team for the right to advance to the World Series. Hilo American defeats Misawa, Japan 10-3 at Fort DeRussy Field on Oahu for the Pacific Region title.
1962Hawaii is moved from the Pacific Region to the Western Region. The Hawaiian champions compete in the Western Region Division 1 Tournament along with champions from Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Western Canada. The Division 1 winner then competes in the Western Region tournament.
1963District 4 (North Shore Oahu) is formed as a spin-off from District 1 (Windward Oahu).
1964District 4 leagues are re-assigned to District 5, and a new District 4 is formed as a spin-off from District 3. District 3 now encompasses the islands of Kauai, Lanai, Maui, and Molokai, while District 4 encompasses the Big Island and District 5 covers North Shore Oahu.
1968District 7 (North Oahu) is formed as a spin-off from District 2, and District 8 (Leeward Oahu) is formed as a spin-off from Districts 2 and 5.
1972The Western Region Tournament expands to encompass state champions from all Western Region states. As a result, the Hawaiian champions now advance directly to the region tournament without having to first compete in a divisional tournament.
1981Hawaiian officials switch the state tournament to a double-elimination format.
1985District 5 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 7.
1988District 2 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 6.
2001Hawaii is assigned to the West Region as part of Little League Baseball's expansion of the World Series from eight to sixteen participants.
2002Little League officials reassign Hawaii to the Northwest Region and move Wyoming from the Northwest to the West.
2006Little League officials again switch the alignment of Hawaii and Wyoming. Hawaii is reassigned from the Northwest to the West Region, and Wyoming is moved from the West to the Northwest.
2009District 8 is dissolved, and its remaining leagues are placed in District 7.
2010District 4 is dissolved, and is absorbed by District 3. District 3 begins sending two leagues to the state tournament, with the former District 3 area advancing a team as the District 3-M champions (Lanai/Maui/Molokai), and the former District 4 area advancing a team as the District 3-H champions (the island of Hawaii).
2014District 3 begins sending a single champion to the state tournament.

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