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. Denaylan fuimaono October 5, 2017 9:35 am

    Denaylan Fuimaono Carson HS 3🌟DB

  2. Sam wheeler October 5, 2017 9:43 am

    Noa Purcell

  3. Rahjaaa! October 5, 2017 9:43 am

    I believe the two seniors on the Punahou D line should be selected. Both at 6’2 270 Ibs ore more. Hale Motuapuaka and Tomasi Fakatoumafi, both of Tongan descent. Both under-the-radar and both hungry to play every saturday. Watch for them sat as they take on the Crusaders. Love the way they both play with a chip on their shoulder and the energy they give to their defense and also the holes they create for their backers. Would be ashame if they don’t get invited. Both are good kids. This bowl needs more tongan kids as well. Watch for them to lead their team to states this year. Proud of those young talented young man.

  4. 808 sports fan October 5, 2017 10:18 am

    Ferenisi lualemana the DT from Aiea. He’s been a Year varsity player. And this year he’s pretty much been a force to be reckon with. He may not have the height but he sure have the strength to play across the best of the best…

  5. Jayden tupuola October 5, 2017 10:20 am


  6. 808 sports fan October 5, 2017 10:21 am

    Ferenisi Lualemana has been with the varsity all 4 years

  7. Mtown808 October 5, 2017 10:29 am

    jalen olomua, scottie reed, noah williams

  8. Waywardpineapple75 October 5, 2017 10:43 am

    Dayne Evangelista DT Waianae
    Rico Rosario RB Waianae

  9. $.02 October 5, 2017 11:05 am

    Noa Purcell
    Isaiah Taliulu
    Eliki Tanuvasa
    Hale Motuapuaka
    Boogie Yam

    Scottie Agasiva
    Jalen Olomua
    Blessing Umaga
    Marquis Montgomery
    Dylan Toilolo

  10. Micah Hatchie October 5, 2017 11:21 am

    Matthan Hatchie Waialua

  11. Samoan Buckeye October 5, 2017 11:36 am

    Etuati Storer, Elijah Ragudo, Siale Hafoka, Elijah Moritz of Lahaina Luna….State champs D2, these young men can all play at the next level but they never get noticed because they play in Maui!…. Hawaii needs more players from the outer islands…these young men are coachable and are great examples of student athletes, they represent what we want to see in Polynesian people, humble, hardworking, driven. With all that is wrong in this world today do the right thing and give these good kids a shot!

  12. 808 talent watcher October 5, 2017 11:57 am

    Kicker Zameer Khan of Pearl City. Played injured but still won couple of games for them. Excellent technique for next level.

  13. Trumane Bell October 5, 2017 12:44 pm

    Trumane Bell II 3 star Lake Highlands High School Defenisve end/ Linebacker this guy is a baller in Dallas Texas

  14. Let's select some under dogs October 5, 2017 1:44 pm

    Ezekiel Samuelu from McKinley High school

  15. Petesa October 5, 2017 1:50 pm

    Senior c/o 2018
    Junior Tuia,
    Kapolei high school

  16. Alpha October 5, 2017 2:21 pm

    Jalen Olomua. . . Pretty much the whole Offense and Defense last year. . . This year with a more mature experienced team it really showed how much of an impact he has on the team. Cover2 nominee for OPloy this yr, but plays defense where he is needed now.

    Dillon Toilolo. . . How fast the STL crowd forgets this kid. Was impact player his sophomore year against Kahuku(kid balled out) the year they lost in the state final. . . Leads by action, smallest lb but hardest hitter. . .

    These 2 are the most underrated football players in the state. Their not one position guys, standout on both sides of the ball. Maybe their grades aren’t up to par(who knows) but they are hands down legit Football Players. Maybe not the media’s favorite to cover but definitely Football Players. . . . Not “Camp Studs”. . .

  17. Unknown October 5, 2017 2:49 pm

    My brodies Kekoa Silva,Stevo Eter and Tre Barrett. Stud Receivers if you just get them the ball they can do damage.

  18. Peace out October 5, 2017 3:07 pm

    Damien Monarchs – SHiloh Kaeo, Marcus Faufata-Pedrina, Pomai Kim, Akila Arrechi

  19. Recruit dis October 5, 2017 3:38 pm

    Noa Purcell…… 1st team all state as a junior and killin it this year. 3 year starter since his sophomore year. He may by undersized but plays like he’s 6″2. Watch the tape it don’t lie.

  20. PolyNation October 5, 2017 3:49 pm

    Rico Rosario , Jalen Olumua , Noa Purcell

  21. EyezInDaSkyz October 5, 2017 4:10 pm

    DII ILH:
    Damien/QB Marcus Faufata-Pedrina
    St. Francis/DE/TE Taka Lautaha
    St. Francis/WR/FS Scott McLeod
    St. Francis/OL/DL Filosofia Mafua
    Iolani/QB John Mitzutani
    Pac5/WR/RB/QB AJ Ulufale

  22. Pohakuloa October 5, 2017 5:07 pm

    Noa Purcell – St. Louis

    Justus Neufeldt – Kalaheo

  23. Michael Niu October 5, 2017 8:00 pm

    Dax Hodges – Mountain View High School (Mesa, Arizona)

  24. Douglas Hu October 5, 2017 8:15 pm

    Noa Purcell
    Eliki Tanuvasa

  25. Number1recruiting October 5, 2017 8:51 pm

    Marquis Montgomery, a 6’4 205lb Wide Receiver from Kapoei High School, because he’s a very good wide receiver with D1 potential, but got injured during the season, but he is well and ready right now. He just received an offer from Pacific University and is getting interest from Air Force, Byu, Oregon, Boise State, Western Oregon, Washington State, Hawaii, and more.
    This will be a great opportunity to show colleges and recruiters what he can really do.

  26. Cheee huuu October 5, 2017 9:27 pm

    Elijah Ragudo RB Lahainaluna

  27. BigSEPU October 5, 2017 10:16 pm

    Noa Purcell
    Eliki Tanuvasa
    Dylan Toilolo
    Jaylen Olomua
    Junior Tuia

  28. ilh October 5, 2017 10:34 pm

    Noa Purcell, Saint Louis

  29. Jayton October 5, 2017 11:07 pm

    Jalen Olomua c/o 2018
    RB & LB Mililani High School

  30. Rr4l October 6, 2017 12:31 am

    Noa Purcell
    Eliki Tanuvasa
    Isiah Taliulu
    Michael Malepeai
    Hale Motupu’aka

  31. Lex Galarza October 6, 2017 2:42 am

    Alex Galarza
    Stud Slot Reciever

  32. A Fau October 6, 2017 2:52 am

    Samson Kapule-Siilata, #90 Kahuku High School

  33. Kamehameha#1 October 6, 2017 4:09 am

    Jonah Apo is a heck of player too for Kamehameha! That kid had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in one game in the first half only! Has any player from Hawaii done that this year?
    Oh year, another thing! The best offensive line in the state of Hawaii is that kid Lokahi Pauole from Kamehameha. I saw him got call for a illegal man down field because he got double team and he took the tackle, and the tight end ten yards down field, and both of them ended up on their back.. What the heck is Rolo waiting for? But than again, I can see this kid going Alabama or those big time schools. 6′ 5″ 320 lbs but move like he’s 200 lbs. Best athlete that size in Hawaii!

  34. Alexandra Martin October 6, 2017 7:02 am

    Stephen Martin #75 from McKinley High School OL

  35. OKWATEVA October 6, 2017 7:39 am

    Kanoa Shannon #20 RB from Kamehameha. One of the best running backs in the State and a work horse for the Warriors.

  36. Imua22 October 6, 2017 7:52 am

    I believe Kanoa Shannon #20 from Kamehameha deserves recognition and should be included. He has had a productive year and every yard gained has been well earned. He is humble and works hard on and off the field. He has been a core player for the Warriors.

  37. George October 6, 2017 7:53 am

    Kanoa Shannon #20 RB Kamehameha. The best running back in the ILH. Numbers and stats show that., but one tuff kid.

  38. Imua22 October 6, 2017 8:48 am

    Kanoa Shannon #20 from Kamehameha deserves recognition and should be playing in the bowl. He has an extremely productive year with every yard gained well earned. He is humble and works hard on and off the field. He has been consistently one of the core Warriors this season.

  39. BigDawg October 6, 2017 9:25 am

    Hilo RB Kahale Huddleston, if he already not invited.

  40. Look @D2 October 6, 2017 9:27 am

    Mckinley always gets overlooked….
    Siolei Lopez-Liutolo
    Stephen Martin
    Zephania Vulivalu

  41. Ayyyyeeee October 6, 2017 9:37 am

    St. Francis- Taka Lautaha (DE/TE), Scott Mcleod (WR/FS), Filosofia Mafua(OL/DL)

  42. Warriors October 6, 2017 9:55 am

    Kalawaia Pescaia
    Kamehameha defensive line
    He deserves a spot

  43. Raidergang October 6, 2017 1:35 pm

    Matthew Saltman

  44. Raiders4lyf October 6, 2017 1:42 pm

    Matt Saltman is a 2 way player for the raiders who has sprinkled in some kicking from time to time. He’s time on the bench was due to off the field issues but will have a resurgence during the second half of the year. Little bit undersized but a true raider on the field.

  45. jusafan October 6, 2017 3:29 pm

    Saint Louis LB Noa Purcell, great undersized LB plays bigger than he is.
    Kamehameha RB Kanoa Shannon great runner especially between the tackles.
    Both these kids deserve a spot.

  46. Funkey Monkey October 6, 2017 4:07 pm

    Noa Purcell St. Louis LB
    Thomas “Boogie” Yam Kamehameha QB

  47. GoRaiders October 6, 2017 4:08 pm

    TAI-JOHN MIZUTANI – ‘Iolani QB. Great leader, great athlete. Accurate arm. Underrated for sure. Works hard. A STATE LEADER and ‘Iolani record holder for throwing yards. Put this guy on any other team in the state and he’d break every record.

  48. Hawnheat808 October 7, 2017 9:33 am

    Kanoa Shannon
    Marcus Faufata
    Now Purcell
    Isaiah Feary
    Rico Rosario
    Dylan Toilolo

  49. Island Prep October 7, 2017 6:20 pm

    Austin Ewing

  50. Wazzuam Fella October 7, 2017 6:31 pm

    Marquis Montgomery, HANDS DOWN!. One of the biggest receivers in Hawaii, and I receiving interests from various colleges, give him a chance to show what he can do.

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