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VIDEO: June Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa, Isaac Sopoaga

By Paul Honda on January 17, 2019

Post-practice interviews at the Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl on Thursday with QB Taulia Tagovailoa, former Hawaii and NFL coach June Jones, former Hawaii DT Isaac Sopoaga and more.

Team Mauka could explode on offense with Jones calling plays

By Paul Honda on January 17, 2019

The stars have aligned for Team Mauka. What more could they want? When the Polynesian Hall of Fame Bowl kicks off on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium, the team in red will have phenom passer Taulia Tagovailoa at quarterback. The former Kapolei record-breaker is enthused about his offense, which includes pass catchers who are commits to Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon. “Patrick Mahomes. Everybody knows Patrick Mahomes. This is Taulia Mahomes,” said wide receiver DeMarco Hellams of DeMatha Catholic (Md.), […]

VIDEO: Taulia, Tuitele at Polynesian Bowl press conference

By Paul Honda on January 17, 2019

QB Taulia Tagovailoa (Alabama), DL Faatui Tuitele (Washington), OLB Henry To‘oto‘o (unsigned)and WR Puka Nacua (USC) spoke at this morning’s Polynesian Bowl press conference at Kamehameha’s Kunuiakea Stadium.

Local boys appreciate Polynesian Bowl experience

By Christian Shimabuku on January 17, 2019

The Polynesian Bowl is thriving in Year 3, with the amount of four- and five-star prospects increasing each year. As a result, the uptick in national recruits has led to fewer slots for local players as the game becomes more prominent and exclusive. Tamatoa Falatea knows he’s part of a select few, but the Punahou senior has showed he can do more than just hang with elite competition. During live practice sessions at Aloha Stadium, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State wide […]

Treven Ma’ae returns to Hawaii with plenty of memories

By Christian Shimabuku on January 16, 2019

Treven Ma’ae didn’t have much time to say goodbye. Once he got accepted to Bishop Gorman in January 2018, he had to move quickly to be able to make in time for the start of the new semester in Las Vegas. Ma’ae was a junior at Kapolei before deciding to take a leap of faith in joining one of the nation’s top prep football programs. Ma’ae’s cousin, who also attends Bishop Gorman, encouraged him to move up to Nevada during […]

Jones, Tagovailoa reunite at Polynesian Bowl

By Billy Hull on January 15, 2019

Three years ago, the Kapolei Hurricanes had the best season in school history. The only time Kapolei won 10 games in the same year was punctuated by its only victory ever in the state football tournament, a 33-21 win over ILH runner-up Punahou in the first round of the six-team Open Division state tournament. They did it with a sophomore quarterback and a former head coach in the NFL and college as offensive coordinator. A lot has changed since June […]

Q&A: Kohala coach Chad Atkins on 8-man, 11-man football

By Paul Honda on January 15, 2019

The gap between Open Division and Division I football is real, and appreciated. Then there’s the gap between D-I and D-II. Three levels of state championships in Hawaii. It is a beautiful thing. For Kohala, playing in eight-man football was challenging enough, never mind the 11-man game in D-II. But the dominoes have begun to fall, and Pahoa’s decision to leap-frog into D-II football in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation leads Kohala in a tight spot. Ka‘u, the BIIF eight-man […]

Polynesian Bowl team rosters set

By Billy Hull on January 14, 2019

The Polynesian Bowl released its team rosters for Saturday’s high school football all-star game at Aloha Stadium. Team Makai is coached by Jim Zorn with Haloti Ngata the honorary team captain. Team Mauka is coached by Mike Bellotti with Juju Smith-Schuster as the honorary team captain. TEAM MAKAI Offensive coordinator: Andrew Manley Defensive coordinator: Abu Ma’afala TEAM MAUKA Offensive coordinator: June Jones Defensive coordinator: Sola Soliai