Clearing the clipboard: Nick’s notes

Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to play in the first annual Polynesian Bowl in January at Aloha Stadium, according to a trusted Hawaii Prep World source. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is expected to play in the first annual Polynesian Bowl in January at Aloha Stadium, according to a trusted Hawaii Prep World source. Krystle Marcellus / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.



Some of the top Polynesian football players in the nation, including those right here in Hawaii, are expected to play in the first annual Polynesian Bowl.

The high school all-star game will be played Jan. 21, 2017, at Aloha Stadium.

A press conference with announcements of the top players who have committed to playing in the game will be held Sept. 15. More details will be forthcoming then.

Hawaii Prep World has learned from a trusted source that Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who has given his oral commitment to play for defending national champion Alabama, will be on one of the Polynesian Bowl rosters.


When the new three-tiered state football tournament format passed through the Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive board a few weeks ago, it was revealed that the five leagues could classify their teams how they see fit.

Soon afterward, the Big Island Interscholastic Federation met and seriously considered changing its current D-I and D-II alignment for state-tournament purposes, but ultimately decided to keep it the same way.

As it stands, Hilo, Waiakea, Kealakehe and Keaau are in BIIF Division I, and Kamehameha-Hawaii, Konawaena, Honokaa and Hawaii Prep are in D-II.


No Hawaii team is in the CBS MaxPreps Xcellent 25, but three teams have cracked the website’s regional rankings.

Saint Louis is No. 9, Kahuku is No. 11 and Punahou is No. 25 in CBS MaxPreps’ West region rankings.

The Crusaders, who are No. 2 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Top 10, is No. 41 on CBS MaxPreps’ national computer rankings. The Red Raiders (No. 1 in Hawaii) are No. 68, and Punahou (No. 3 in Hawaii) is No. 120.

Saint Louis and Punahou meet Frdaiy night at Aloha Stadium. On the same night, Kahuku visits Radford.

The Red Raiders, who sit at No. 17 in the USA Today Super 25, are a little more than a week away from taking on No. 1 Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. That game is Saturday, Sept. 17.


When John Hao was let go as Kahuku’s offensive coordinator two weeks ago, there was a lot of speculation that he would join Cal Lee‘s staff at Saint Louis.

Not true, according to Lee, who told Hawaii Prep World that his staff is set for this season.

What about the future?

“Anything is possible,” Lee said.

Hao is one of the many quarterbacks under Lee who had major success with the Crusaders. Hao also went on to play for the University of Hawaii in the mid-1990s.


  1. Alpha September 9, 2016 6:56 am

    Not to discredit a “trusted source” But Donald duck could’ve said Tua would be on the roster. That’s the most captain obvious choice and we’ll deserved, he’s going to be on all the major all star rosters. But my question is how are the players picked? The oia season is halfway, the ilh is in wk2 and the mainland season just started. If the announcement is next wk, when was the roster chosen? Isn’t all star rosters filled by end of regular season or playoffs?…. idk, I might sound petty but just wondering.

  2. Pay To Play September 9, 2016 8:50 am

    Hao is not going to St. Louis. Parents & supporters disliked him as a HC why would they bring him back. And where would he coach? Ron Lee is the OC & Passas is the QB Coach. No room for dead weight.

  3. Paper Crane September 9, 2016 2:43 pm

    It seems that Hao’s decision to leave the Red Raiders was in the best interest of the team present or future standings and if it was personal, shouldn’t that be the same with wherever he coaches or is it just Red Raiders connected? Hopefully soon the rest of the story is shared and then the smoke will clear up and make peace. Just wondering too??? RR4L.

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