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The road to the Hula Bowl highlights outstanding players

Pono Davis, Breiden Fehoko are some of the players being recognized

The Hula Bowl boasts a rich history of college football greats of the past who have taken part in the game. The University of Hawaii has been well represented since the games very beginning.

From Super Bowl Champions Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, to former NFL running back Nate Iiloa, the Bows have long been apart of the Hula Bows rich tradition.

Most recently former stars from the 2019  West division champion University of Hawaii Warriors took part in last years reboot game at Aloha Stadium.

Wide receivers Jojo Ward and Jason Matthew Sharsh, linebacker, Solomon Matautia, defensive back Ekem Okeke, defensive lineman Kaimana Padello, and running back Dayton Furiuta all were able to suit up for their final game at Aloha Stadium as members of Team Kai and Team Aina.

The opportunity to play one more additional game at home didn’t only serve as a chance to play together one more time but also a chance to play against one another in a competitive setting.

The game also allows Polynesian players from across the mainland and beyond who spent most of their formative collegiate years away from their Polynesian roots and heritage, a chance to come home and reconnect.

Pono Davis is a prime example of the culture and football that take place throughout the Hula Bowl week.

Davis played at the University of Idaho but boasts Polynesian lineage and was able to lead Team Kai and Team Aina in the traditional ‘Ha’a during the pregame.

Throughout the week players who take part in the Hula Bowl are able to emerge themselves in the rich culture and history of both the game and Aloha Stadium.

The game is a celebration of what makes the Polynesian culture so unique and offers a once in a lifetime chance for to end their college careers in paradise.