The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today the establishment of the Polynesian High School Player of the Year Award and 2017 watch list.
The award will be presented annually to the most outstanding Polynesian senior high school football player in the country.
Twelve players from Hawaii made the initial watch list of 52 kids. Additional players may be added during the season.
Five finalists for the award will be announced on Dec. 7 and the winner will be announced on Jan. 19, 2018, during the Polynesian Bowl Hall of Fame enshrinement week and celebration dinner at the Sheraton Waikiki.
The winner will also be recognized at halftime of the 2018 Polynesian Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.
The 12 players from Hawaii selected are:
Stephen Barber, QB, Punahou
Chevan Cordeiro, QB, Saint Louis (Committed to Hawaii)
Kukea Emmsley, DE, Kapolei (Committed to Boise State)
Aaron Faumui, DT, Kapolei
Kana’i Mauga, DE, Waianae (Committed to USC)
Samson Reed, DE, Kahuku (Committed to Virginia)
Rocky Savea, LB, Kapolei
Isaiah Tufaga, DB, Saint Louis
Zion Tupuola-Fetui, DL/LB, Pearl City
Alama Uluave, OL, Punahou
Sione Veikoso, OL, Kailua
Jonah Welch, DE, Kamehameha