Hula Bowl

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Hula Bowl (defunct)
Hulabowl07.jpg
StadiumAloha Stadium
LocationHonolulu, Hawaii
Previous stadiumsHonolulu Stadium (1960-74)
Aloha Stadium (1975-97)
War Memorial Stadium (1998-05)
Previous locationsWailuku, Hawaii (1998-05)
Operated1946–2008
Sponsors
Hooters (1995-1999)
Rivals.com (2000-2002)
Credit Union National Association (2005)
Cornerstone Bancard (2006-2008)
2008 matchup
Aina vs. Kai (Aina 38-6)
 
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Hula Bowl (defunct)
Hulabowl07.jpg
StadiumAloha Stadium
LocationHonolulu, Hawaii
Previous stadiumsHonolulu Stadium (1960-74)
Aloha Stadium (1975-97)
War Memorial Stadium (1998-05)
Previous locationsWailuku, Hawaii (1998-05)
Operated1946–2008
Sponsors
Hooters (1995-1999)
Rivals.com (2000-2002)
Credit Union National Association (2005)
Cornerstone Bancard (2006-2008)
2008 matchup
Aina vs. Kai (Aina 38-6)

The Hula Bowl was an independently administered post-season invitational college football game held each year in Hawaii from 1947 to 2008. The game was last played at Aloha Stadium in the Hālawa district of Honolulu, Hawaii. At one point the longest-running sporting event in Hawaii, it had been considered a premier venue to launch professional careers in the National Football League. Hula Bowl was a trademarked institution of the Downtown Athletic Club, of Heisman Trophy fame.

History[edit]

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 Stadium in Honolulu before the bowl was moved to the Aloha Stadium in neighboring Halawa.

For many years, the Hula Bowl 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.

In 1998, then-Maui County Mayor Linda Lingle convinced organizers to move the game to the War Memorial Stadium in the town of Kahului. However, due to poor attendance and reduced revenue, the Hula Bowl returned to Aloha Stadium for its 2006 game and stayed there until the last game in 2008.

In its last format, the Hula Bowl pitted all-star team of players who attended college in the Eastern United States against a team of players from the Western United States. The teams were split into the Aina and Kai teams, the Hawaiian words for land and water (designating "East" and "West", respectively).

Changing direction of the Hula Bowl[edit]

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,[1] 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 had done in the recent past.[2]

Game officials also discussed awarding a national "Hula Bowl Player of the Week" to college players during the regular season; the winning players would have been invited to play in the Hula Bowl and been able to direct a $1,000 donation to a charity in their state.[3]

Cancellation[edit]

The 2009 Hula Bowl was never played. Officials at Aloha Stadium had neither a contract or date ever established for the game. There are currently no future plans to play the Hula Bowl or to schedule any future dates or locations.

Game results[edit]

YearWinning teamLosing team
1960East34West8
1961East14West7
1962East 7, West 7
1963North20South13
1964North20South13
1965South16North14
1966North27South26
1967North28South27
1968North50South6
1969North13South7
1970South35North13
1971North42South32
1972North24South7
1973South17North3
1974East24West14
1975East34West25
1976East16West0
1977West20East17
1978West42East22
1979East29West24
1980East17West10
1981West24East17
1982West26East23
1983East30West14
1984West21East16
YearWinning teamLosing team
1985East34West14
1986West23East10
1987West16East14
1988West20East18
1989East21West10
1990West21East13
1991East23West10
1992West27East20
1993West13East10
1994College Stars28Hawaii Stars15
1995East20West9
1996East17West10
1997South26North13
1998South20North19
1999South34North14
2000North 28, South 28
2001North31South23
2002South45North28
2003Aina (East)27Kai (West)24
2004Aina (East)26Kai (West)7
2005East20West13
2006East10West7
2007Aina (East)18Kai (West)10
2008Aina (East)38Kai (West)6
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

MVPs[edit]

YearNameCollege
1947John JohnsonUCLA
1948Dick HaganWashington
1949Jerry WilliamsWashington State
1950Dick KempthornMichigan
1951Sonny GrandeliusMichigan State
1952Vic Janowicz
Don Coleman
Ohio State
Michigan State
1953Tom StolhandskeTexas
1954Bobby GarrettStanford
1955Carroll HardyColorado
1956Bob DavenportUCLA
1957Paul HornungNotre Dame
1958John David Crow
Lou Michaels
Texas A&M
Kentucky
1959Bob Ptacek
Sam Williams
Michigan
Michigan State
1960Richie Lucas
Larry Grantham
Penn State
Ole Miss
1961Fran Tarkenton
Mike Ditka
Georgia
Pittsburgh
1962Lance Alworth
Merlin Olsen
Arkansas
Utah State
1963Kermit Alexander
Dave Watson
UCLA
Georgia Tech
1964Peter Liske
Dave Wilcox
Penn State
Oregon
1965Larry Elkins
Jeff Jordan
Baylor
Tulsa
1966Steve Juday
Carl McAdams
Michigan State
Oklahoma
1967Charlie Brown
Dave Williams
Missouri
Washington
1968Larry Csonka
Harry Gunner
Syracuse
Oregon State
1969Bill Enyart
Tim Buchanan
Oregon State
Hawaii
1970Bobby Anderson
Floyd Reese
Colorado
UCLA
1971Jim Plunkett
Jack Ham
Stanford
Penn State
1972Jerry Tagge
Walt Patulski
Nebraska
Notre Dame
1973Greg Pruitt
Jim Merlo
Oklahoma
Stanford
1974Norris Weese
Lucious Selmon
Ole Miss
Oklahoma
1975Condredge Holloway
Rubin Carter
Tennessee
Miami (OH)
1976Cornelius Greene
Lee Roy Selmon
Ohio State
Oklahoma
1977Tony Dorsett
Ron Crosby
Pittsburgh
Penn State
1978Dave Turner
Ricky Odom
San Diego State
USC
1979Rick Leach
Ted Brown
Michigan
NC State
1980Billy Sims
Steve McMichael
Oklahoma
Texas
YearNameCollege
1981Samoa Samoa
Kenny Easley
Blane Gaison
Washington State
UCLA
Hawaii
1982Walter Abercrombie
Leo Wisniewski
Baylor
Penn State
1983Dan Marino
Paul Soares
Pittsburgh
Navy
1984Jim Sandusky
Freddie Gilbert
San Diego State
Georgia
1985Al Toon
Freddie Joe Nunn
Wisconsin
Ole Miss
1986Doug Gaynor
Rogers Alexander
Long Beach State
Penn State
1987Chris Miller
Louis Brock
Oregon
USC
1988Aaron Cox
Dennis Price
Arizona State
UCLA
1989Anthony Dilweg
Deion Sanders
Duke
Florida State
1990Cary Conklin
James Francis
Washington
Baylor
1991John Langeloh
Derrick Brownlow
Michigan State
Illinois
1992Derrick Moore
Steve Israel
Northeastern State
Pittsburgh
1993Lamar Thomas
Ron Carpenter
Miami (FL)
Miami (OH)
1994Andre Coleman
Chris Maumalanga
Kansas State
Kansas
1995Kordell Stewart
Robert Baldwin
Colorado
Duke
1996Winslow Oliver
Regan Upshaw
New Mexico
California
1997Archie Amerson
Andy Russ
Northern Arizona
Mississippi State
1998Chris Howard
Eric Ogbogu
Michigan
Maryland
1999Kevin Daft
Ricky Williams
Brad Scioli
UC Davis
Texas
Penn State
2000Bashir Yamini
Todd Husak
Brian Young
Iowa
Stanford
UTEP
2001Jonathan Beasley
Reggie Germany
Kansas State
Ohio State
2002Nick Rolovich
Chester Taylor
Hawaii
Toledo
2003David Kircus
Kassim Osgood
Grand Valley State
San Diego State
2004Wes Welker
Fred Russell
Colby Bockwoldt
Texas Tech
Iowa
Brigham Young
2005Ronald Stanley
Derrick Wimbush
Michigan State
Fort Valley State
2006Brent Hawkins
Brad Smith
Illinois State
Missouri
2007Will Proctor
Chad Nkang
Clemson
Elon
2008Bernard Morris
Angelo Craig
Marshall
Cincinnati

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