The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced on Thursday the establishment of the Polynesian Bowl, a high school all-star football game that will feature the world’s elite players of Polynesian heritage and other ancestries.
 
The Polynesian Bowl will be played Saturday, January 21, 2017, 6:00 pm HST at Aloha Stadium as part of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend.
 
Past Polynesian College Player of the Year Award recipients, Tennessee Titans Quarterback Marcus Mariota (TEAM MARIOTA) and Baltimore Ravens Offensive Tackle Ronnie Stanley (TEAM STANLEY) will serve as team captains. They will select their players at a Draft Luau.
 
A total of 84 nationally ranked players will be selected to participate in the game. Nearly 30 have already committed to play, including the 12 of 13 Polynesians ranked in the ESPN300: QB Tua Tagovailoa (Honolulu, HI; #55), DE A.J. Epenesa (Edwardsville, IL; #60), DT Marlon Tuipulotu (Independence, OR; #117), DT Jay Tufele (South Jordan, UT; #121), OT Chuck Filiaga (Aledo, TX; #121), OT Henry Bainivalu (Sammimish, WA; #160), TE Josh Falo (Sacramento, CA; #161), OL Brett Neilon (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; #189), S Isaiah Pola-Mao (Phoenix, AZ; #222), S Chaz Ah You (Provo, UT; #231), FB Sione Heimuli-Lund (Salt Lake City, UT; #271), and DE Langi Tuifua (South Jordan, UT; #274).
 
Nationally ranked players of other ancestries who will be participating include:  WR Tyjon Lindsey (Las Vegas, NV; ESPN 300 #76), TE Hunter Bryant (Bellevue, WA; ESPN #262), ATH Conner Wedington (Sumner, WA; Scout #226) and the grandson of Muhammad Ali, RB Biaggio Ali-Walsh (Las Vegas, NV).
 
Each player will receive air fare to Hawaii, lodging, meals, ground transportation, Nike apparel, a Riddell helmet and shoulder pads and will participate in Polynesian cultural and educational activities throughout game week.
 
Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inaugural Inductees Jack “The Throwin’ Samoan” Thompson (TEAM MARIOTA) and Olin Kreutz (TEAM STANLEY) will serve as Honorary Head Coaches.

Stay with KITV Island Sports for the latest leading up to this inaugural bowl game.