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The Hula Bowl is an independently administered post-season invitational college football game held each year in Hawaii, currently at Aloha Stadiummarker in the Hālawamarker district of Honolulu, Hawaiimarker. The longest-running sporting event in Hawaii, it has been considered a premier venue to launch professional careers in the National Football League. Today the Hula Bowl is a trademarked institution of the Downtown Athletic Club, of Heisman Trophy fame.

In its current format it pits an all-star team of players who attended college in the Eastern United States against a team of players from the Western United States. In the past, a North vs. South format has been used and in some years, the teams were split into the Aina and Kai teams, the Hawaiian words for land and water (designating "East" and "West", respectively). For many years it was distinguished from a similar event, the Senior Bowl, by playing by collegiate rather than professional rules and by being amateur, which at one point was very important for those wishing to remain eligible to compete in collegiate or other amateur sports in the future, but is less relevant today. The game, and especially the practice sessions leading up to it, are attended by many professional scouts, and can have an important bearing on where a player, particularly one from a lesser-known school, is drafted by the NFL.


The Hula Bowl was established in 1946 by Paul Stupin as the Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic. It was originally played in the Honolulu Stadiummarker in Honolulu before the bowl was moved to the Aloha Stadium in neighboring Halawa. In 1998, then-Maui County Mayormarker Linda Lingle convinced organizers to move the game to the War Memorial Stadiummarker in the town of Kahuluimarker. However, due to poor attendance and reduced revenue, the Hula Bowl returned to Aloha Stadium for its 2006 game, the 60th Anniversary contest, and Cornerstone Financial Services became the titlular sponsor as the game was renamed the "Cornerstone Bancard Hula Bowl".

Future direction of the Hula Bowl

On July 1, 2006, it was announced that the AFCA would end its ten-year relationship with the Hula Bowl due to "philosophical differences" over the future plans for the game, including proposed changes for the 2007 game — such as reintroducing the "Hawaiian Islands versus Mainland" matchup used from 1947 to 1959. University of Hawaii head coach June Jones expressed a willingness to coach a potential Hawaiian Islands team, which would have a mix of Hawaiian and Polynesian players and, bowl organizers hope, would draw more fans to the game. The Hula Bowl had also discussed the idea of allowing junior status players to participate in the game and bringing over college football players from Japan, something the game has done in the recent past.

Game officials have also discussed awarding a national "Hula Bowl Player of the Week" to college players during the regular season; the winning players would be invited to play in the Hula Bowl and be able to direct a $1,000 donation to a charity in their state.

In 2008, the coaches were Jeff Jagodzinski from Boston College and Ron Zook from Illinois for the Aina (East) team, and Mike Riley from Oregon State and Mike Sanford of Nevada-Las Vegas for the Kai (West) team.

The 2009 edition was declared cancelled due to what was quoted as "lack of interest".

Game results

Year Winning team Losing team
1960 East 34 West 8
1961 East 14 West 7
1962 East 7, West 7
1963 North 20 South 13
1964 North 20 South 13
1965 South 16 North 14
1966 North 27 South 26
1967 North 28 South 27
1968 North 50 South 6
1969 North 13 South 7
1970 South 35 North 13
1971 North 42 South 32
1972 North 24 South 7
1973 South 17 North 3
1974 East 24 West 14
1975 East 34 West 25
1976 East 16 West 0
1977 West 20 East 17
1978 West 42 East 22
1979 East 29 West 24
1980 East 17 West 10
1981 West 24 East 17
1982 West 26 East 23
1983 East 30 West 14
1984 West 21 East 16

Year Winning team Losing team
1985 East 34 West 14
1986 West 23 East 10
1987 West 16 East 14
1988 West 20 East 18
1989 East 21 West 10
1990 West 21 East 13
1991 East 23 West 10
1992 West 27 East 20
1993 West 13 East 10
1994 College Stars 28 Hawaii Stars 15
1995 East 20 West 9
1996 East 17 West 10
1997 South 26 North 13
1998 South 20 North 19
1999 South 34 North 14
2000 North 28, South 28
2001 North 31 South 23
2002 South 45 North 28
2003 Aina (East) 27 Kai (West) 24
2004 Aina (East) 26 Kai (West) 7
2005 East 20 West 13
2006 East 10 West 7
2007 Aina (East) 18 Kai (West) 10
2008 Aina (East) 38 Kai (West) 7

All-time series:
East leads West 15–11–1
North leads South 9–7–1
College Stars leads Hawaii Stars 1–0
Aina leads Kai 4–0

  • When the inaugural Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic was played on January 5, 1947, the teams were composed of mainland college players pitted against a local team of graduates of Leilehuamarker, a local high school in Wahiawā, Hawai'imarker. The teams played a two-game series every January until 1951, when the format was changed to allow NFL players to join the Hawaiian all-stars in an effort to create a more competitive environment. In the 1960s the Hula Bowl changed formats again, limiting play to only collegiate athletes.


Year Name College
1947 John Johnson UCLAmarker
1948 Dick Hagan Washingtonmarker
1949 Jerry Williams Washington Statemarker
1950 Dick Kempthorn Michiganmarker
1951 Sonny Grandelius Michigan Statemarker
1952 Vic Janowicz
Don Coleman
Ohio Statemarker
Michigan Statemarker
1953 Tom Stolhandske Texasmarker
1954 Bobby Garrett Stanfordmarker
1955 Carroll Hardy Coloradomarker
1956 Bob Davenport UCLAmarker
1957 Paul Hornung Notre Damemarker
1958 John David Crow
Lou Michaels
Texas A&Mmarker
1959 Bob Ptacek
Sam Williams
Michigan Statemarker
1960 Richie Lucas
Larry Grantham
Penn Statemarker
Ole Missmarker
1961 Fran Tarkenton
Mike Ditka
1962 Lance Alworth
Merlin Olsen
Utah State
1963 Kermit Alexander
Dave Watson
Georgia Techmarker
1964 Peter Liske
Dave Wilcox
Penn Statemarker
1965 Larry Elkins
Jeff Jordan
1966 Steve Juday
Carl McAdams
Michigan Statemarker
1967 Charlie Brown
Dave Williams
1968 Larry Csonka
Harry Gunner
Oregon Statemarker
1969 Bill Enyart
Tim Buchanan
Oregon Statemarker
1970 Bobby Anderson
Floyd Reese
1971 Jim Plunkett
Jack Ham
Penn Statemarker
1972 Jerry Tagge
Walt Patulski
Notre Damemarker
1973 Greg Pruitt
Jim Merlo
1974 Norris Weese
Lucious Selmon
Ole Missmarker
1975 Condredge Holloway
Rubin Carter
Miami marker
1976 Cornelius Greene
Lee Roy Selmon
Ohio Statemarker
1977 Tony Dorsett
Ron Crosby
Penn Statemarker
1978 Dave Turner
Ricky Odom
San Diego Statemarker
1979 Rick Leach
Ted Brown
NC Statemarker
1980 Billy Sims
Steve McMichael

Year Name College
1981 Samoa Samoa
Kenny Easley
Blane Gaison

Washington Statemarker

1982 Walter Abercrombie
Leo Wisniewski
Penn Statemarker
1983 Dan Marino
Paul Soares
1984 Jim Sandusky
Freddie Gilbert
San Diego Statemarker
1985 Al Toon
Freddie Joe Nunn
Ole Missmarker
1986 Doug Gaynor
Rogers Alexander
Long Beach Statemarker
Penn Statemarker
1987 Chris Miller
Louis Brock
1988 Aaron Cox
Dennis Price
Arizona Statemarker
1989 Anthony Dilweg
Deion Sanders
Florida Statemarker
1990 Cary Conklin
James Francis
1991 John Langeloh
Derrick Brownlow
Michigan Statemarker
1992 Derrick Moore
Steve Israel
Northeastern State
1993 Lamar Thomas
Ron Carpenter
Miami marker
Miami marker
1994 Andre Coleman
Chris Maumalanga
Kansas Statemarker
1995 Kordell Stewart
Robert Baldwin
1996 Winslow Oliver
Regan Upshaw
New Mexicomarker
1997 Archie Amerson
Andy Russ
Northern Arizonamarker
Mississippi Statemarker
1998 Chris Howard
Eric Ogbogu
1999 Kevin Daft
Ricky Williams
Brad Scioli

UC Davismarker
Penn Statemarker

2000 Bashir Yamini
Todd Husak
Brian Young


2001 Jonathan Beasley
Reggie Germany
Kansas Statemarker
Ohio Statemarker
2002 Nick Rolovich
Chester Taylor
2003 David Kircus
Kassim Osgood
Grand Valley Statemarker
San Diego Statemarker
2004 Wes Welker
Fred Russell
Colby Bockwoldt

Texas Techmarker
Brigham Youngmarker

2005 Ronald Stanley
Derrick Wimbush
Michigan Statemarker
Fort Valley State
2006 Brent Hawkins
Brad Smith
Illinois Statemarker
2007 Will Proctor
Chad Nkang
2008 Bernard Morris
Angelo Craig

See also

External links


  1. AFCA Ends Relationship with Hula Bowl
  2. Hula Bowl tries to reinvent itself, The Honolulu Advertiser, July 29, 2006.
  3. ibid.

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