"This has been a six-year effort to make this happen and we're excited about being able to finally do a true MIL game," OC16 sports director Dave Vinton said.
has previously done first-round Division I state tournament games from Maui, but never a regular-season contest.
"As a statewide company, Oceanic has to be on the others islands and Maui is a good place to start," Vinton
"We're treating this game like a full-blown production just like it were on Oahu, except it's on Maui."
said the costs of shipping the production truck and flying the crew to and from the Valley Isle can be more than $10,000.
"Basically, we were able to find some money because sponsors helped fund the costs and my boss, Mitzi Lehano, shifted some of the budget around," said Vinton
, who noted they are saving money by catching the last flight out of Kahului that night.
It works out nicely for OC16
, which is celebrating it's Silver anniversary of airing prep sports in 2013.
"That's not the only reason, but it adds up to the perfect storm of making it more special," Vinton
"Twenty-five years ago, it started with just a handful of OIA football games.
It's certainly grown since then and this is a nice indication of where we've come in 25 years.
Hopefully we'll have more and more to come."
expects a large crowd at War Memorial Stadium come Friday.
"From what I've heard from Maui people is that we're being really, really well-received," Vinton