Polynesian Bowl

A.J. Epenesa shared a laugh with Ma'a Tanuvasa after winning defensive player of the game honors at the inaugural Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
A.J. Epenesa shared a laugh with Ma’a Tanuvasa after winning defensive player of the game honors at the inaugural Polynesian Bowl. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

The Polynesian Bowl is an annual high school football all-star game held at Aloha Stadium every January featuring the top high school seniors in the country. Approximately 75 percent of the 100 kids selected are of Polynesian ancestry.

The first game was held on January 21, 2017, with Team Stanley, captained by Ronnie Stanley, defeating Team Mariota, captained by Marcus Mariota, after Punahou’s Jeff Chan kicked a 20-yard field goal with 39 seconds remaining for a 9-7 win.

The 2018 game will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, at Aloha Stadium.

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Roughly 30 players from Hawaii will be invited to the game. Four have already been chosen and two or three will be invited on a weekly basis during the upcoming high school football season, which begins in early August.

Below is a list of the players committed to the game. Recruiting ranking is the highest chosen from the four major recruiting services.

2018 POLYNESIAN BOWL ROSTER

Updated: November 16
Players from Hawaii high schools
>> Scottie Agasiva, OL, Mililani
>> Fatu Atuaia, LB, Kahuku
>> Chevan Cordeiro, QB, Saint Louis (Hawaii)
>> Kukea Emmsley, DE, Kapolei (Boise State)
>> Aaron Faumui, DL, Kapolei
>> Justin Genovia, WR, ‘Iolani
>> Matthan Hatchie, OL, Waialua
>> Kahale Huddleston, RB, Hilo
>> Kalamaku Kuewa, DB, Kamehameha
>> Kana’i Mauga, LB, Waianae (USC)
>> Wembley Mailei, DB, St. Francis
>> Scott McLeod, WR, St. Francis
>> Kama Moore, DB, Saint Louis
>> Enoch Nawahine, RB, Kahuku
>> Jonah Panoke, WR, Saint Louis (Hawaii)
>> Noa Purcell, LB, Saint Louis
>> Mitchell Quinn, WR, Saint Louis
>> Samson Reed, DE, Kahuku (Virginia)
>> Rico Rosario, RB, Waianae
>> Rocky Savea, LB, Kapolei
>> Eliki Tanuvasa, OL, Saint Louis
>> Dylan Toilolo, DB, Kapolei
>> Isaiah Tufaga, DB, Saint Louis
>> Jalen Tuivaiave-Olomua, LB, Mililani
>> Zion Tupuola-Fetui, DL, Pearl City
>> Alama Uluave, OL, Punahou
>> Sione Veikoso, OL, Kailua
>> Jonah Welch, DE, Kamehameha
>> Noah Williams, OL, Mililani
>> Peyton Yanagi, LS, Saint Louis
Rest of the field
>> Bryan Addison, ATH, Junipero Serra, Calif., Scout #45
>> Jayson Ademilola, DT, Saint Peter’s Prep, NJ, 247Sports #46 (Notre Dame)
>> MJ Ale, OT, Fife, Ore., N/R (Washington)
>> Manuel Allen, WR, Centennial, Calif., Rivals #158 (Louisville)
>> EJ Ane, DT, Silver Valley, Calif., N/R
>> Junior Angilau, OG, East, Utah, 247Sports #144
>> Eyabi Anoma, DE, St. Francis Academy, Md., ESPN #4
>> Chad Bailey, LB, Ridge Point, Tex., Rivals #170 (Missouri)
>> Kirby Bennett, RB, Bishop Gorman, Nev., N/R
>> Stephen Blaylock, S, St. John Bosco, Calif. Scout #130
>> Tommy Brown, OT, Mater Dei, Calif., ESPN #111 (Alabama)
>> Isaah Crocker, WR, Inderkum, Calif., Rivals #97
>> Emil Ekiyor, OG, Cathedral, Ind., ESPN #54 (Michigan)
>> Solomon Enis, WR, WR, North Canyon, Ariz., ESPN #176
>> Daniel Faalele, OT, IMG Academy, Fla., N/R
>> Drew Faoliu, DE, Mater Dei, Calif., N/R
>> Chris Fatilua, ILB, Madison, Calif., N/R
>> Justin Fields, QB, Harrison, Ga., ESPN #1
>> Tuni Fifita, WR/TE, Milpitas, Calif., N/R
>> Izaih Filikitonga, DE, Trinity, Tex., N/R
>> Palaie Gaoteote, LB, Bishop Gorman, Nev., Scout #4 (USC)
>> Peselao Gauta, DT, Garden Grove, Calif., N/R
>> Kekaniokoa Gonzales, C, Mater Dei, Calif., N/R
>> Kyler Gordon, CB, Archbishop Murphy, Wash., ESPN #230
>> Olaijah Griffin, CB, Mission Viejo, Calif., Scout #55 (UCLA)
>> Jalen Hall, WR, Long Beach Poly, Calif., ESPN #20
>> Moa Heimuli, DT, East, Utah, N/R
>> Talanoa Hufanga, ATH, Crescent Valley, Ore., 247Sports #13
>> Jacob Isaia, OG, Bishop Gorman, Nev., N/R
>> Dawson Jaramillo, OT, Lake Oswego, Ore., ESPN #66 (Oregon)
>> Marcus Johnson, CB, Augustus F. Hawkins, Calif., ESPN #140 (USC)
>> Brevin Jordan, TE, Bishop Gorman, Nev., ESPN #32 (Miami)
>> Brandon Kaho, LB, Reno, Nev. 247Sports #63 (BYU)
>> Donovan Laie, OT, Oceanside, Calif., N/R
>> Cameron Latu, DE, Olympus, Utah, Rivals #86 (Alabama)
>> Nathan Latu, DE, Olympus, Utah, N/R (BYU)
>> Devin Leary, QB, Timber Creek, NJ, Rivals #222 (N.C. State)
>> Braden Lenzy, WR, Tigard, Ore., 247Sports #203 (Oregon)
>> Tuli Letuligasenoa, DT, La Salle, Calif., ESPN #104 (USC)
>> Jonah Lipel, P/K, Chaminade, Calif., N/R (Harvard)
>> Hunter Lotulelei, OG, Highland, Utah, N/R (Utah)
>> Josh Madison, ATH, Newbury Park, Calif., N/R (Iowa State)
>> Paul Maile, DL, East, Utah, N/R
>> Tyler Manoa, DT, St. Francis, Calif., N/R
>> Salua Masina, LB, Brighton, Utah, Scout #154
>> Malone Mataele, ATH, Santa Margarita, Calif., Scout #297 (Utah)
>> Paul Moala, S, Penn, Ind., N/R
>> Camren McDonald, TE/WR, Long Beach Poly, Calif., Scout #124 (USC)
>> Tanner McKee, QB, Centennial, Calif., Scout #29
>> Patrick Nunn, WR, Junipero Serra, Calif., Scout #137 (Washington State)
>> Micah Parsons, DE, Harrisburg, Penn., 247Sports #4
>> BT Potter, K/P, Rock Hill, S.C., N/R (Clemson)
>> Tennessee Pututau, DE, Cottonwood, Utah, Rivals #191
>> Kwantel Raines, S, Aliquippa, Penn., 247Sports #115
>> Merlin Robertson, LB, Junipero Serra, Calif., Scout #146
>> Jeremy Ruckert, TE, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 247Sports #35 (Ohio State)
>> Malakai Salu, LB, Central Catholic, Ore., N/R
>> Raymond Scott, LB, Narbonne, Calif., Scout #45 (USC)
>> Penei Sewell, OT, Desert Springs, Utah, Rivals #29
>> Khalil Shakir, WR, Vista Murrieta, Calif., 247Sports #252
>> Ricky Slade, RB, CD Hylton, VA, ESPN #17 (Penn State)
>> L’Christian Smith, WR, Wayne, Ohio, Rivals #29 (Ohio State)
>> Brian Snead, RB, Armwood, Fla., Rivals #23 (Ohio State)
>> Travis Spreen, C, Jesuit, Ore., 247Sports #256
>> Markese Stepp, RB, Cathedral, Ind., ESPN #218 (Notre Dame)
>> MJ Tafisi, LB, Alta, Utah, N/R
>> Matthew Tago, ATH, Quartz Hill, Calif., N/R (UCLA)
>> Sam Taimani, OG, East Salt Lake, Utah, ESPN #180
>> Toa Taua, ATH, Lompac, Calif., 247Sports #283
>> Isaac Taylor-Stuart, CB, St. Augustine, Calif., 247Sports #11
>> Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, Bishop Gorman, Nev., Rivals #43 (UCLA)
>> Isaak Togia, LB, Pacifica, Calif., N/R
>> Tommy Togiai, DT, Highland, Idaho, 247Sports #26
>> Solomon Tuliaupupu, LB, Mater Dei, Calif., Scout #28
>> Solo Vaipulu, OG, Centennial, Calif., N/R
>> Brey Walker, OL, Westmoore, Okla., Scout #15 (Oaklahoma)
>> Brevin White, QB, Paraclete, Calif., ESPN #193 (Princeton)
>> Michael Wilson, WR, Chaminade College, Calif., 247Sports #206 (Stanford)
>> Isheem Young, S, Imhotep Institute, Penn., Scout #49 (Penn State)

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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.
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.
Farrington running back Challen Faamatau was brought down by Servite cornerback Keith Taylor. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Farrington running back Challen Faamatau was brought down by Servite cornerback Keith Taylor. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Sumner running back Connor Wedington, named offensive MVP, cut between Kahuku linebacker Sioeli Naupoto and and Saint Louis safety Jalen Saole. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Sumner running back Connor Wedington, named offensive MVP, cut between Kahuku linebacker Sioeli Naupoto and and Saint Louis safety Jalen Saole. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Offensive players with Hawaii ties on Team Mariota posed for a photo at the draft party Monday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Offensive players with Hawaii ties on Team Mariota posed for a photo at the draft party Monday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Defensive players with Hawaii ties on Team Mariota posed for a shot at the Polynesian Bowl draft party. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.
Defensive players with Hawaii ties on Team Mariota posed for a shot at the Polynesian Bowl draft party. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.