Polynesian Bowl: Who should make the list?

Team Mariota safety Brandon McKinney ran back an interception in the Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The next two invites to the 2018 Polynesian Bowl will be announced today at Noon at Hawaii Prep World and tonight at 9:30 p.m. on Cover2: Hawaii High School Football Weekly on KHON2.

Currently, 16 players from Hawaii have been invited to play in the annual high school football all-star game for seniors only. The 2018 game will be played Saturday, Jan. 20, at Aloha Stadium.

Roughly 10-14 more players from Hawaii will be selected to join the 90 or so from the mainland that have already been picked.

The players already selected from Hawaii are:

>> Chevan Cordeiro, QB, Saint Louis (Hawaii)
>> Kukea Emmsley, DE, Kapolei (Boise State)
>> Aaron Faumui, DL, Kapolei
>> Justin Genovia, WR, ‘Iolani
>> Kahale Huddleston, RB, Hilo
>> Kana’i Mauga, LB, Waianae (USC)
>> Wembley Mailei, DB, St. Francis
>> Kama Moore, DB, Saint Louis
>> Jonah Panoke, WR, Saint Louis (Hawaii)
>> Samson Reed, DE, Kahuku (Virginia)
>> Rocky Savea, LB, Kapolei
>> Isaiah Tufaga, DB, Saint Louis
>> Zion Tupuola-Fetui, DL, Pearl City
>> Alama Uluave, OL, Punahou
>> Sione Veikoso, OL, Kailua
>> Jonah Welch, DE, Kamehameha

With another 10-14 openings left to fill, we thought we’d ask our readers at Hawaii Prep World. Who do YOU think should be selected to the game from Hawaii? State your case for who you want to see and you never know, it could make a difference when it comes time to select the final few.

Feel free to answer in the comments section below.


  1. unknown October 8, 2017 1:03 am

    Isaac sevao, Braden Gacksteter, nathaniel thompson, tulifau tiumalu, Dane espcion, chanse tofili, Rn shimasaki

  2. David October 12, 2017 1:10 pm

    Isaiah taliulu

  3. Lou October 12, 2017 1:22 pm

    Saint Louis’s Quinn, Tanuvasa, Malepeai, Taliulu, Feary, Kaneshiro.

  4. #1 Puns Fan October 12, 2017 2:29 pm

    Eliki Tanuvasa!! Great, smart, strong, team player, arguably the best Center in the whole state, leading Saint Louis’ O Line. Has size strength and brains

  5. STL ON TOP October 12, 2017 6:45 pm

    #8 Isaiah Taliulu from Saint Louis. 2 year starter at outside linebacker, injury cut season short last year. Great pass rush and run block technique. Definitely another underrated LB that has generated game changing plays this season.

  6. Tai October 12, 2017 7:24 pm

    Michael Malepeai, Stormm Passi

  7. Anthony West October 12, 2017 10:26 pm

    Jacob Tobias – St. Louis – Kicker – 3 year varsity starter

  8. Matai October 13, 2017 3:38 am

    Blessing Umaga – Farringtion MLB just take a look!

  9. SportsInk October 13, 2017 11:37 am

    Blessing Umaga Farrington Hands Down!

  10. Remy October 13, 2017 12:05 pm

    Yup for sure Blessing Umaga student Athlete!

  11. Blessings October 13, 2017 12:55 pm

    Dylan Toilolo of Kapolei Highschool. One of the best MLB and safety right now!!

  12. 808buggah October 13, 2017 2:41 pm

    Eliki Tanuvasa from Saint Louis. Best center in the state

  13. Millz October 15, 2017 3:14 pm

    Damien Santiago – Mililani Kicker. Returning all OIA/ all State first team kicker

  14. Aleka-Moeava October 16, 2017 4:39 am

    Noa Purcell

  15. Aleka-Moeava October 16, 2017 4:41 am

    Noa Purcell and Eliki Tanuvasa

  16. Ramy October 17, 2017 1:13 pm

    PAC 5 Leif Ericson Fautanu Jr. OL. He plays where coaches needed him on offense and defense including kicker and punter. 6’3 290lbs. Awesome leadership on and off the field!!!

  17. Coach Nix October 18, 2017 7:20 pm

    Marquis Montgomery, the most underrated receiver in Hawaii, hell shock people if you give him a chance

  18. Anonymous October 18, 2017 11:02 pm

    Tasi Malepeai-Mililani

  19. COMMON SENSE October 19, 2017 12:16 pm

    ENOCH NAWAHINE BEST RB IN THE STATE!!! Speed, Vision, Slot/WR catching abilities, Pass Blocking, Character, Work Ethic!!! Total Package!!!
    I hope he gets an invite!

  20. NORM EVANGELISTA October 19, 2017 1:01 pm

    Dayne Evangelista dt waianae

  21. NORM EVANGELISTA October 19, 2017 1:01 pm

    Dayne Evangelista

  22. I nev@ceenoten October 19, 2017 1:54 pm

    Congratulations to Rico on the invite but has anyone watched any waianae game?
    First 3 games,2016 division1 blue player of the year had a total of -2 yards. Reason?no leader on the offensive line and nobody wanted to take charge.during this time their sr.center wasn’t cleared to play due to acl surgery.now during practice leading up to week4 he finally gets cleared,first game back against campbell Rico rushes for 92 yards and 3 touchdowns,which were his first points scored by him.week 5 against moanalua Rico breaks Wes keliikipi’s rushing record,week 6 Radford gets upended,in that game they threw 2nd one line in,first series 1st,2nd and 3rd they couldn’t convert.4th down their first O comes in and converts,2nd team back in the game,same thing as the first series,1st O comes in on 4th and converts. on series3, 2nd O finally scores,week 7 na alii comes up short.week 8 kaiser forfeits,1st round bye then farrington.what #67 and his line did that night was what waianae football is about.were gonna ground and pound,stop us if you can.
    My selection is
    Sr.WILSON KERISIANO #67 center from waianae.he is samoan/hawaiian and his lineage derives from the villiage of safotu on the island of sava’i (manu)dad’s fathers side.also village of Pago Pago America samoa (mageo)dad’s mothers side.
    #67s mother is hawaiian/caucasian(meyers/kauhane)

    Every game he played was televised and they would have segments before each game to show the fans,which player to watch.every player of every game on the opposing teams “PLAYER TO WATCH” it was always a defensive player and wouldn’t you know,it was always the nose guard.except campbell they had 2,their inside defensive tackle. every game #67 started slow then peaks late first or early 2nd quarter and has figured out his opponent and never slows down.7/10 running plays are through his hole,by 4th quarter every defensive line starts playing to finish instead of playing to win #TRUESTORY
    Everything I’ve said is 100% accurate and true.you can ask Rico rosario or better yet watch any of waianaes games from week 4 up.i really wanted to see him against Kapolei and kahuku but,the👆Lord☝had other plans instore.Credentials and accomplishments for #67 includes:
    Brian derby’s offensive lineman camp 2015-16
    Jesse sopolu superlineman challenge 2016 lineman mvp runner up
    2017 participant(still doing pt for torn acl)
    H.a.i.a I have a dream college campus tour 2016-2017
    If I’m not mistaken he’ll get acquainted with one of your early picks come Friday against Mililani @aloha stadium
    Please give this boy a shot,hes very humble and respectful,he does all sorts of community services and also reads to special needs children(voluntary highschool program)
    Tai lava👏

  23. C-fOOD COMbo October 19, 2017 2:35 pm

    Most People talk about game changers,this boys a season changer.he missed the first 3 games due to an injury suffered last season.last game he played in 2016 was against mililani,pankeke was the special that night.since coming back in week 4 waianae has gone undefeated and broke records,all behind the offensive line and their leader
    If Actions speak louder than words
    He’d be on the roster already
    He’s samoan/hawaiian,his lineage derives from the villiage of safotu and Pago Pago
    (Father’s parents)#67mom is native hawaiian. He and tanuvasa are the states top centers

  24. OKWATEVA October 19, 2017 4:02 pm

    Kanoa Shannon, running back for Kamehameha, one of the best running backs in the state especially between the tackles and yards after initial contact.

  25. CreditDue October 19, 2017 4:08 pm

    Another diamond in the rough RB is Kanoa
    Shannon #20 from Kamehameha Kapalama. He is an unsung hero that has worked hard in a challenging D1 league that includes Punahou and St. Louis, two of the top programs in the state. Despite this competition, he has performed well and has the Puns and Crusaders keying on him. Please take a look at Film and you will see the intelligence and instinctual running that deserves recognition through an Invite to the Poly Bowl!

  26. Hawaii high school football no ka oi October 19, 2017 4:10 pm

    Kanoa Shannon (RB Kamehameha)
    He’s as explosive as they come and can lay down some great pass protection. His receiving abilities would make him a premiere slot or wideout on any team. What is most notable is his excellent patience and vision which is absent in many players at this level. He presents a full package with little to no down side.

  27. Go Saints October 19, 2017 4:19 pm

    I have been watching high school football for years and enjoy it so much and the kids that play the game with heart, knowledge, leadership and consistency. I have been following the ILH D1 because my grandson plays for the Crusaders. There is one running back that stands out in my mind and that is Kamehameha’s running back Kanoa Shannon. He has truly been enjoyable to watch. Although his numbers my not pop out at you he has carried this team and is the work horse for them.

  28. Go GEt EM October 19, 2017 5:30 pm

    Isaiah Ahana -WR/Slot -Kapolei #11

  29. Rahjaaa October 19, 2017 8:40 pm

    You have to invite the Trenches from Punahou, O line Maka and Soa with the other side of the ball, Motupaka and Fakatomaki ! They dominated both sides of the ball, film doesn’t lie. Watch their film !!!! Invite them now !

  30. jusafan October 19, 2017 9:10 pm

    Kanoa Shannon, great runner for Kamehameha he should be invited.
    I also voted for Purcell from Saint Louis (congratulations).

  31. Real Talk October 19, 2017 9:19 pm

    Toto Mailo #7 deserves to be in the Polynesian Bowl! Waianae’s defense is very strong and he’s a huge part of the defense.

  32. Guam October 19, 2017 11:08 pm

    De’Aundre Cruz RB from GUAM, 6’1 215lbs and best player to come out of the small island. He was apart of the East All Stars in the JPS 2017. Rushes for over 1100 yards on 80 carries and won MVP all in his Junior year. Strong and elusive running back with college potential.

  33. Saint Louis October 23, 2017 12:31 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu

  34. C-fOOd COMbo October 24, 2017 3:48 am

    Wilson kerisiano is a beast,just ask tuilemotu or fo’i sila ,sa’ve,Masaniai and Sam boy
    Waianae center #67

  35. LOU October 26, 2017 10:49 am

    Isaiah Taliulu #8 OLB

  36. 808native October 26, 2017 3:24 pm

    Kauka Umimaka, Bronson Buck, Kawai Naki, Makana Smith… all these talented kids from Castle High School. They are smart and intelligent.

  37. Rahjaaa October 27, 2017 9:49 am

    That Punahou team got lots of talent behind the trenches !!! Invite Maka, Soa, Fakatoumaki, Motuapuaka, Clemens, Liufou !!! They deserve to be in that bowl !! FILM DONT LIE ! INVITE THEM NOW! Great athletes and even greater grades with the education they have at Punahou !!! These kids got brains for crying out loud ! InVITE THEM NOW !

  38. Bridget hanaike October 28, 2017 4:28 pm

    #67 waiane WILSON KERISIANO Center…
    Just watch his games…. action speaks louder then words…..

  39. Isaiah Taliulu October 29, 2017 1:34 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu! The kids got SKILLS!

  40. Leilani V Tuamoheloa November 13, 2017 8:53 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu #8 OLB

  41. Cat November 13, 2017 8:55 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu. Just watching him this past week against Mililani made me realize he may not have the size, but he has the speed and the vision to play in this game.

  42. Eli November 13, 2017 9:01 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu #8 St. Louis

  43. E-Money November 13, 2017 9:08 pm

    Isaiah Taliulu! Most definitely! Dude is a stud! #8 for St. Louis!

  44. kam ham November 14, 2017 8:35 am

    kamehameha- Ezra Evaimalo, Tiger Peterson

  45. Unknown November 14, 2017 2:01 pm

    #8 from Saint Louis. Isaiah Taliulu. Just watch this past game Vs. Mililani. FACTS.

  46. STL Rooted November 16, 2017 8:09 am

    Matthew Watkins – Saint Louis kicker with a cannon of a leg

  47. STL Rooted November 16, 2017 8:11 am

    Matthew Watkins #37 from Saint Louis is one of the strongest kickers in the state!

  48. Go Govs! November 19, 2017 3:22 pm

    Foi Sila, Chasen Castilliano & Samson Tanuvasa. From Farrington.

  49. Rollins November 24, 2017 4:34 am

    Isaiah Taliulu!

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