Polynesian Bowl Hawaii selections begin Thursday

Team Mauka's quarterback Chevan Cordeiro dropped back to pass against Team Makai during the first quarter of the 2018 Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The third annual Polynesian Bowl high school football all-star game will be held Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 at Aloha Stadium.

Former Oregon Ducks head coach Mike Bellotti and former Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn will serve as head coaches.

More than 80 players have already been selected to the game. Current Hawaii high school players who have been chosen are Kapolei OL Julius Buelow, Punahou K Tim Horn, OL Duke Clemens and LB Maninoa Tufono, Kahuku OL Enokk Vimahi, Saint Louis DT Faatui Tuitele and Kaimuki DT Sama Pa’ama.

Making a homecoming for the game are Thompson (Ala.) QB Taulia Tagovailoa, Bishop Gorman linebacker Treven Ma’ae, Carlsbad (Calif.) athlete Asa Turner and Plant (Fla.) OL Will Putnam.

Over the next nine weeks, 18 more Polynesian Bowl All-Stars from Hawaii will be chosen. Each Thursday, Hawaii Prep World will release a selection online at 2 p.m. and Cover2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly will make public the other selection on its show airing Thursday nights on KHON2 at 9:30 p.m. starting tomorrow.

Which players from Hawaii deserve to be selected? Feel free to make your suggestions in the comments selection below.

For now, here’s the complete list of players currently committed to the game.

2019 Polynesian Bowl roster

Updated: Jan. 13, 2019
Miki Ah You (INJ.)Kahuku6-1205LBWashington
AkiliArnoldMission Viejo (Calif.)5-11170CBUtah State
MarquezBeasonDuncanville (Tex.)5-10177WRIllinois
Jahleel BillingsleyWendell Phillips (Ill.)6-4216TEAlabama
KyleBilodeauWoodberry Forrest (Va.)6-5238TEPurdue
DiwunBlackOsceola (Fla.)6-3216ILBFlorida
KuponoBlakeKamehameha6-3265DLAir Force
KhrisBogleCardinal Gibbons (Fla.)6-3200WR
ColbyBowmanSt. John Bosco (Calif.)6-3190WRStanford
BransonBraggCrandall (Tex.)6-4308CStanford
JirehlBrockQuincy (Ill.)5-11195RBIowa State
SteeleChambersBlessed Trinity Catholic (Ga.)6-2215RBOhio State
BrendonClarkManchester (Va.)6-2217QBNotre Dame
JacobConoverChandler (Ariz.)6-1205QBBrigham Young
JeremiahCriddellMater Dei (Calif.)5-11188SOklahoma
GunnerCruzCasteel (Ariz.)6-4205QBWashington State
EvanDavisCrest (N.C.)5-9167KToledo
SeanDollarsMater Dei (Calif.)5-10185RBOregon
D'VonElliesMcDonogh (Md.)6-2280DT
DevynFordNorth Stafford (Va.)5-11195RBPenn State
KyleFordOrange Lutheran (Calif.)6-2212WRUSC
IsaiahFoskeyDe La Salle (Calif.)6-5233TE
MaseFunaMater Dei (Calif.)6-2245OLBOregon
RylandGoedeKennesaw Mountain (Ga.)6-7235TEGeorgia
Isaiah HazelDr. Henry Wise (MD))6-1190WRMaryland
SiotameHaungaSt. Francis6-1280OL
DanielHeimuliMenlo-Atherton (Calif.)6-2225ILB
DeMarccoHellamsDeMatha Catholic (Md.)6-1203SAlabama
StephenHerron Jr.Trinity (Ky.) 6-4220DEStanford
ElijahHigginsBowie (Tex.)6-3214WRStanford
GeorgeHolaniSt. John Bosco (Calif.)6-0193RBBoise State
SiakiIkaEast (Utah)6-3351DTLSU
GilesJacksonFreedom (Calif.)5-8175RBMichigan
AustinJonesBishop O'Dowd (Calif.)5-10190RBStanford
NathanielKalepoRainier Beach (Wash.)6-6329OTWashington
JacksonLampleyMontgomery Bell (Tenn.)6-5275OGTennessee
JackLandherrChino Hills (Calif.)6-2220LSUCLA
LolaniLangiBingham (Utah)6-2223OLB
LaiatuLatuJesuit (Calif.)6-4237DEWashington
SataoaLaumeaEisenhower Senior (Calif.)6-4305OGUtah
DevontaLeeAmite (La.)6-2212WR
LoganLeeOrion (Ill.)6-5225TEIowa
MaristLiufauPunahou6-2196DBNotre Dame
TrevenMa'aeBishop Gorman (Nev.)6-4240DEOregon
AustinMcNamaraHighland (Ariz.)6-4165P
ArasiMoseSaint Louis6-4358OLHawaii
PukaNacuaOrem (Utah)6-2190WRUSC
PeniNauluKapolei6-3220LBWashington State
EJNdoma-OgarAllen (Tex.)6-3328OGOklahoma
MoaNgaluMenlo-Atherton (Calif.)6-2280DTWashington
JoshuaPakolaSt. Francis (Calif.)6-3267DEStanford
TreyPalmerKentwood (La.)6-0179WRLSU
PeterParrishCentral (Ala.)6-1200QBLSU
OrinPatuRainer Beach (Wash.)6-4200OLBCalifornia
SimotePepaBingham (Utah)6-2295DT
GeorgePickensHoover (Ala.)6-5199WRAuburn
MycahPittmanCalabaas (Calif.)5-11195WROregon
NoaPola-GatesWilliams Field (Ariz.)6-2180S
MatthewPola-MaoChandler (Ariz.)6-2295DT
Sua'avaPotiSt. John Bosco (Calif.)6-3285DTOregon
GinoQuinonesSaint Louis6-4280DEUSC
EthanRaeOrange Lutheran (Calif.)6-4240TEUSC
JasonRodriguezOak Hills (Calif.)6-6326OTUSC
IsaiahRutherfordJesuit (Calif.)6-0174CBNotre Dame
LoganSagapoluSkyridge (Utah)6-3340C
SimonSamarzichUpland (Calif.)6-0220LSWashington State
TreySandersIMG Academy (Fla.)6-0214RBAlabama
JoshSanguinettiFort Lauderdale (Fla.)5-11171S
AlexxSchmidtO'Dea (Calif.)6-2275OL
EddieSiaumauLeone (Samoa)6-2210SArizona
TristanSinclairSan Ramon Valley (Calif.)6-1202ATHStanford
IshmaelSopsherAmite (Calif.)6-3334DT
DonteStarksJohn Ehret (La.)6-1225LBLSU
RyanSulifauJSerra (Calif.)6-2285OL
JuniorTafunaBingham (Utah)6-3220OLBUtah
TauliaTagovailoaThompson (Ala.)5-11203QBAlabama
MaristTalavouSt. John Bosco (Calif.)6-3316OGUtah
JonahTauanu'uNarbonne (Calif.)6-5317OLOregon
KardellThomasSouthern U. Lab (La.)6-3356OLLSU
HenryTo'oto'oDe La Salle (Calif.)6-2230OLB
TitusTolerSaint John Bosco (Calif.)5-11180SWisconsin
FaatuiTuiteleSaint Louis6-4299DTWashington
AlphonzoTuputalaFederal Way (Wash.)6-3240ILBWashington
AsaTurnerCarlsbad (Calif.)6-4215ATH
ElijahUnutoaKapaa6-4265OLBrigham Young
SioneVakiLiberty (Calif.)6-0190S
LincolnVictorUnion (Wash.)5-10165QB
CaedanWallaceHun (N.J.)6-5307OGPenn State
StaceyWilkinsCamden Fairview (Ark.)6-6271DTOklahoma
JamesonWilliamsCardinal Ritter (Mo.)6-1169WROhio State
MykaelWrightValencia (Calif.)5-11180CBOregon
MiltonWrightChristian Academy (Ky.)6-3200WRPurdue


  1. Makani September 5, 2018 10:07 am

    Looks like the number/percentage of players from HI continues to diminish. Less than a quarter of the players will be represented?

  2. Polynesian Bowl September 5, 2018 10:21 am

    A minimum of 25 Hawai`i players will be selected to the 2019 Polynesian Bowl. As stated in the article, the majority of HI players will be selected starting tomorrow. Aloha!

  3. Polynesian Bowl September 5, 2018 10:41 am

    Additionally, several Hawai`i born players will be participating.

  4. Red Raider Soul September 5, 2018 3:13 pm

    Miki Ah You
    Nalu Emerson
    Tausili Fiatoa
    Tuia Tupuola
    Wes Alo-Maiava
    Toalei Lefau
    Ethan Erickson

  5. C-Pop September 5, 2018 6:13 pm

    Awesome to see the Polynesian Hall of Fame game trying to get the top players throughout the country! Of course anyone who follows football realizes that the 50th State do produce top notch talent. I’ve had the opportunity to attend the past four Poly Hall of Fame weekends and have thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. Thank you to Founders Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, as well as all of the legendary coaches, players and contributors. Marcus Mariota and his Motiv8 Foundation has been major contributors along with a long list of Colleges and Corporations. Mahalo and Fa’afetai Lava.

  6. Kamehameha #! September 7, 2018 4:44 am

    I cannot believe I didn’t see Lokahi’s name on that list! I say Julius Buelow got dominated by a much small player from Kamehameha. The Kamehameha kids tossed him all over the place and film doesn’t lie. Hernandez has to quit over hyping their big kids who cannot play football. Lokahi is clearly the best lineman in Hawaii and again the Hawaiian get no love from the selection committee. It’s about time somebody say something cause Kamehameha kids are always the last to get pick. Just because their head coach is a class act and don’t over hype his kids doesn’t mean we ignore the fact that they a baller and need to be recognized. You ask any of the coaches who have played against Kamehameha and they will straight out tell you that the best OL in Hawaii is Lokahi Pauole! Again the Hawaiian got left Behind!

  7. HS Football Fan November 2, 2018 12:38 am

    Toalei Lefau of Kahuku is an absolute force. Top FB in the state, the kid is a truck and has been running over top tier competition (D1 commits) all season. Be prepared – this dude is by far the best blocker in the state and runs the ball just as hard.

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