Kahuku gets its second 2020 Polynesian Bowl All-Star

Kahuku cornerback Kaonohi Kaniho, a 6-foot, 180-pound senior, has been named a 2020 Polynesian Bowl All-Star.

Kaniho, who has committed to play for Boise State next year, where he will play with brother Kekaula, is back to form this season after suffering a knee injury that forced him to miss most of his junior season.

He was one of only two players to make the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State first team two years ago as a sophomore.

Kaniho is the 18th player currently enrolled in high school in Hawaii selected to the game, joining Mililani defensive end Shane Kady and linebackers Bam Anina and Muelu Iosefa, Saint Louis linebackers Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig and defensive tackle Stanley McKenzie, Punahou defensive back Alaka’i Gilman and offensive lineman Solatoa Moea’i, Saint Louis receivers Roman Wilson and Matt Sykes, Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai Howlett, Farrington offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu, Saint Louis quarterback Jayden de Laura and safety Kamo’i Latu, Waipahu running back Alfred Failauga, Campbell two-way standout Tamatoa Mokiao-Atimalala and Kapolei defensive end Maceal Afaese.

Saint Louis leads the way with seven players selected to the 2020 game followed by Mililani (three), Kahuku and Punahou (two) and Farrington, Campbell, Kapolei and Waipahu (one).

Another player will be announced as a Polynesian Bowl All-Star this afternoon on Hawaii Prep World.

The 2020 Polynesian Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at Aloha Stadium featuring 100 of the best high school football players in the country. The majority of the players will be of Polynesian ancestry.

For a current list of players selected to the game, click here.


  1. rrforlifebaby September 12, 2019 11:04 am

    Way to go. I was wondering when he would get the invite.


  2. ??? September 12, 2019 11:13 am

    This kid could have been invited his Freshman year!
    Good job….

  3. 808Great September 12, 2019 11:47 am

    Right now he’s the best corner in the entire state of Hawai’i.

  4. Lou September 12, 2019 12:01 pm

    Wow, brother Kaula is beasting at Boise State. Had some forced turn overs at Florida State. 2-0.

  5. Suspense September 12, 2019 1:50 pm

    what about the state’s two best slots and best center: StL’s Nishigaya, Silva, and Dupont?

  6. Real Talk on HawaiiPrepWorld September 12, 2019 4:55 pm

    best corner in the 808

  7. Hau’ulaBoy September 13, 2019 6:17 am

    The true test comes this Saturday. Then he can easily say he’s the best in the state. Go Big Red!!! True RR4L.

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