Hawai'i Speech League

The Hawai'i Speech League (HSL) was organized to promote and encourage excellence in speech by sponsoring a diversified program of speech activities for intermediate and high school students. It is an organization composed of public and private schools from across the state of Hawai'i.


Updated 9/15/2017

The registration pages for the 2017 Fall Tournament Season have been updated. Information in the Schedule and Coaches sections have also been updated.

Carol Halbur says: It has now been 6 months since my last post and 3 weeks since the HSL Fall Coaches meeting in which there were two offers of help to update this webpage. Bobby Tokunaga, who is in charge of this process, has STILL not taken the steps to update this website. I guess it is time to send him a few more emails reminding him of his promise.


Updated 3/8/2017:

Carol Halbur says: Bobby Tokunaga has promised for the last two speech & debate seasons to take over this website, make it easier to manage and keep up to date. The only part I will continue to update is tournament registration. As you have seen, nothing has happened this year. I am asking for an email campaign reminding Bobby of his promise to update this website. I remind him during most tournaments, but apparently this isn't enough of a reminder for him to do anything. Can you help? This is also a test to see if anyone ever reads this website because it is so out of date.


Debate Topics for the HSL State Forensic Championships


Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.


NSDA 2017 SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE TOPIC. The HSL does not use the "novice" topic.

Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.



Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.


PFD resolutions correspond to NFL resolutions for the same month.

LD resolutions will be on this schedule

a) NFL Sept./Oct. - First and Second Debate Non-Qualifiers

b) NFL Nov./Dec. - Third Non-Qualifier and first Debate Qualifier

c) NFL Jan./Feb. - Second Debate Qualifier and Districts

d) NFL Mar./Apr.  - State Forensic Championships

National Speech & Debate Association

You can go to the official NDSA site! You can view recent news, student tournament records, and also see student NDSA points!


More Information

If you have any general questions regarding the league or any league tournaments, please contact HSL President Bobby Tokunaga for assistance. 

If you have any questions regarding judging at HSL sanctioned tournaments, please contact Mr. Bill Teter at his e-mail below.

Mahalo for your interest in the Hawai'i Speech League.

Postal address

Bobby Tokunaga
2560 Campus Road, George Hall Rm. 326
Honolulu, Hawai'i 9682

Electronic mail

General Information: Bobby Tokunaga
Judges: Bill Teter
Webmaster: Carol Halbur

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