“Socker Football,” as it was known, started in the early 1900s between schools. “Oahu College,” “P.A.C.s” and “Punaous” were all names for various Punahou soccer teams. They competed in leagues, such as the Grammar School League, Interscholastic Soccer League, and Oahu High School Soccer League at intermittent times through the 1950s.
An unofficial, non-league soccer schedule sponsored by Punahou gave rebirth to interscholastic soccer in 1964. This competition included teams from the ILH and OIA schools and grew from five teams the first year to 12 teams in four years. The ILH adopted soccer as an official league sport in the spring of 1968. The first HHSAA state championship was held in 1974.
In the 1974 – 75 season, Kathy Kelley ’75 Carey became the first girl to play on the Punahou boys varsity soccer team, thus planting the seed for the creation of the Punahou girls soccer program. The following year two Punahou girls teams were formed to play in the community Women's Soccer League. Punahou teams continued to play in the community leagues for three years.
The ILH adopted girls soccer as a league sport for the 1978-79 school year. The HHSAA state tournament began in 1982.