Waipahu running back Alfred Failauga headed to Polynesian Bowl

Hawaii’s all-time career rushing record holder is now a Polynesian Bowl All-Star.

Waipahu senior Alfred Failauga earned the honor today to play in the high school football all-star game at Aloha Stadium in January.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound running back broke Vavae Malepeai‘s career rushing mark in the state of Hawaii last week in a loss to Leilehua. Through three games this season, Failauga has totaled 762 rushing yards on 94 carries with seven touchdowns. He is nearly 500 rushing yards ahead of the second-highest total on Oahu.


In 33 games over his four-year career, Failauga has rushed for 4,681 yards and 51 touchdowns on 754 carries. His current average of 254 rushing yards per game is on pace to break Mark Atuaia‘s season record of 2,377 yards in 1990. Atuaia played in 10 games that year. Failauga’s Marauders would need to qualify for the playoffs to play at least a 10th game.

Failauga is the first Waipahu player selected to the Polynesian Bowl since its beginning in 2017.


He is the 12th player currently enrolled in high school in Hawaii selected to the game, joining Saint Louis linebackers Jordan Botelho and Nick Herbig and defensive tackle Stanley McKenzie, Punahou defensive back Alaka’i Gilman and offensive lineman Solatoa Moea’i, Saint Louis receivers Roman Wilson and Matt Sykes, Kahuku offensive lineman Micah Soliai-Howlett, Mililani defensive end Shane Kady , Farrington offensive lineman Faaope Laloulu and Kapolei defensive end Maceal Afaese.

Another player from Hawaii will be announced as a Polynesian Bowl All-Star this afternoon on Hawaii Prep World.


The 2020 Polynesian Bowl will take place Saturday, Jan. 18, at Aloha Stadium featuring 100 of the best high school football players in the country. The majority of the players will be of Polynesian ancestry.

For a current list of players selected to the game, click here.

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