The Polynesian Hall of Fame celebration dinner was a star-studded event to remember.
"It's a great event. And it's nothing like your own people voting you in, you know, to your own hall of fame. It's like your family voted you in, "says Super Bowl Champion and 2018 Polynesian Hall of Fame inductee Ma'ake Kemoeatu.
"It took a lot of people -- a lot of different people -- who sacrificed a lot of things for me to get to where I'm at. And for me, I'm just trying to provide that and give some of these kids the opportunity to do what I'm doing, and hopefully more," says Tennessee Titans quarterback and 2016 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Player of the Year.
But more than just the accolades, these athletes honored Friday are proud to serve a larger purpose.
"The island is all about family. And the reason we got out and work is to take care of our families. The reason we play in the nfl to make money is to take care of our families," says Kemoeatu.
And according to Kimo von Oelhoffen, Super Bowl Champion and another 2018 Polynesian Hall of Fame inductee, there's a trademark to Polynesian culture that separates it from others.
"Compassion. Compassion and competition they go hand-in-hand. I've been fortunate to be, as in the nfl, actually seeing the hawaiian compassion transfer to individuals in the team."
Saturday's Bowl game will feature some of the best high school football players of Polynesian-descent, and perhaps the Hall of Fame's future inductees.
"I think it's great that the polynesian hall of fame is able to host a game like this. It shows a lot that we're so strong in the community that we can come together and show the world what we're made of," says Juju Smith-Schuster, 2018 Polynesian Pro Football Player of the Year.
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