Polynesian Bowl selections in Hawaii begin

Team Stanley celebrated after time ran out in a 9-7 win over Team Mariota in the 2017 Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The 2018 Polynesian Bowl has already put together a roster of 90 seniors for the annual high school football all-star game on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Aloha Stadium.

Four players from Hawaii — Waianae LB Kana’i Mauga, Kahuku DE Samson Reed, Kapolei LB Rocky Savea and ‘Iolani WR Justin Genovia — have been invited to the game.

Of the 90 players, nine are 5-star recruits, including quarterback Justin Fields of Harrison, Ga., who is the No. 1 overall recruit for 2018 according to ESPN.com. Another 46 are 4-star recruits.

Here is the full list of players selected.

Over the next 13 weeks, two players from Hawaii will be selected to the game every Thursday. Starting in two days, Hawaii Prep World will reveal one of the selections at approximately noon. The other selection will be announced on Cover2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly, beginning a week from Thursday at 9:30 p.m. on KHON2. This week, the selection will be announced during the Thursday sportscast on the 6 p.m. KHON2 news.

The top 21 ranked Polynesian seniors in the country have already committed to the game. Currently 52 of the 90 players overall are of Polynesian ancestry and 18 states are represented with 36 players having already committed. Southern California currently leads the way with six commits in the game.


  1. Alpha August 22, 2017 9:03 pm

    Meanwhile in Kapolei they had to forfeit their win against Castle due to miscommunication. That gonna suck for them if they need that win later in the season. . .

  2. Makani August 23, 2017 10:08 am

    So does that mean 26 additional players from Hawaii will be selected? The roster will be 116? Or are they over selecting to account for players who opt out, get injured, early enroll?

  3. Lowtone123 August 23, 2017 3:00 pm

    I hop they select Zion Tupuola-Fetui from Pearl City. I would love to see how he fares against the best.

  4. Dawg life August 24, 2017 3:44 pm

    @Alpha stop being faikakala . That’s old news. Move on please. This is about the polynesian bowl selections. Congrats to those student athletes already selected .

  5. Betsy Kennon August 25, 2017 6:21 am

    I truly believe IEKE SEEI-CLEVELAND should be on this ROSTER as well, his PERFORMANCE speaks VOLUMES on and off the field. He is also a TEAM PLAYER, has good SPORTSMANSHIP, a HUMBLE GUY & he is FOCUSED TO SUCCEED!!!

  6. #96792 September 7, 2017 1:07 pm

    How does one get selected?waianaes center #67 @papa.Willie who is of samoan/hawaiian decent is one of the premier lineman in the state of hawaii

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