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Hawaiʻi Bowl
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Halawa, Hawaii
Conference tie-ins MWC (2012–present)
C-USA (2009–present)
Previous conference tie-ins WAC (2002–2011)
C-USA/ Pac-10 (2005–2008)
Payout US$650,000 (as of 2015) [1]
Preceded by Aloha Bowl
Former names
ConAgra Foods Hawaiʻi Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (2003–2013)
2017 matchup
Houston vs. Fresno State ( Fresno State 33–27)
2018 matchup
Teams TBD ( December 22, 2018)

The Hawaiʻi Bowl is a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game that has been played annually at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, since 2002. Typically played on either Christmas Day or Christmas Eve, the game matches teams from either Conference USA or the Pac-12 and a team from the Mountain West. As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the hometown University of Hawaiʻi an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible and does not receive a bid to a bowl in a CFP New Year's Six game, which goes to the highest-ranking school among the members of the "Group of Five" conferences (Mountain West, Sun Belt, MAC, AAC, and C-USA). As such, Hawaiʻi has appeared in the game seven times. If Hawaiʻi is not otherwise bowl eligible then another Mountain West team receives the bid. [2] This continues a tradition started when Hawaiʻi was a member of the WAC.

The bowl is one of eleven post-season contests run by ESPN Regional Television (" ESPN Plus"), a subsidiary of ESPN, which has carried the game since its outset.

Bowl games in Hawaii

The Hawaii Bowl succeeds the Poi Bowl (1936–1939), Pineapple Bowl (1940–1941, 1947–1952), Aloha Bowl (1982–2000), and the Oahu Bowl (1998–2000) as bowl games played in Hawaiʻi. This bowl is a new event not affiliated with the previous games. While the Aloha Bowl tried to move to San Francisco, California and was decertified by the NCAA, the Oʻahu Bowl was moved to Seattle, Washington and was held for two years as the Seattle Bowl before losing certification in 2002.

Game history

In its first year, the Hawaiʻi Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014. [3]

The 2005 appearance of the UCF Knights at the Hawaiʻi Bowl was the first ever bowl game in that school's history.

In 2006, the Pac-10 replaced C-USA as the WAC's opposition. If the Pac-10 was not able to provide a bowl-eligible team, C-USA would have supplied the team (assuming it had a sixth team that was bowl eligible). If neither conference had a bowl-eligible team, the spot would have been filled by an at-large team. In 2007, C-USA had a guaranteed spot in the Hawaiʻi Bowl, which was filled by the East Carolina Pirates. [4]

Since Christmas Eve fell on a Monday in 2007, the game was scheduled for the night prior (December 23) to avoid a conflict with Monday Night Football (also on ESPN).

In 2008, the bowl organizers selected Notre Dame as an at large, marking the first time an independent played in the contest.

The 2011 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Conference USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played in the bowl instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays.

The 2015 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Mountain West Conference champion for the first time as San Diego State played in the bowl instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.

Tenth Anniversary Team (2011)

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were voted to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Ten Year Anniversary Team by fan voting. An additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Staff. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.

Ten Year Anniversary Team 
Year Player College Performance
2002 Justin Colbert Hawaiʻi 9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.
2003 Timmy Chang
Jackie Battle
26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
2004 Chad Owens Hawaiʻi 8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
2005 Caleb Spencer
Brandon Marshall
11 receptions for 114 yards.
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina 408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.
2008 Golden Tate
Jimmy Clausen
Aaron Bain
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
2009 Kyle Padron SMU 32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.
2010 Damaris Johnson
Curnelius Arnick
Greg Salas
5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.

Game results

Date Winning team Losing team Attendance TV notes
December 25, 2002 Tulane 36 Hawaiʻi 28 35,513 ESPN notes
December 25, 2003 Hawaiʻi 54 Houston 48 (3OT) 29,005 ESPN notes
December 24, 2004 Hawaiʻi 59 UAB 40 39,754 ESPN notes
December 24, 2005 Nevada 49 UCF 48 (OT) 16,134 ESPN notes
December 24, 2006 Hawaiʻi 41 Arizona State 24 43,435 ESPN notes
December 23, 2007 East Carolina 41 Boise State 38 30,467 ESPN notes
December 24, 2008 Notre Dame 49 Hawaiʻi 21 43,487 ESPN notes
December 24, 2009 SMU 45 Nevada 10 32,650 ESPN notes
December 24, 2010 Tulsa 62 Hawaiʻi 35 43,673 ESPN notes
December 24, 2011 Southern Miss 24 Nevada 17 32,630 ESPN notes
December 24, 2012 SMU 43 Fresno State 10 30,024 ESPN notes
December 24, 2013 Oregon State 38 Boise State 23 29,106 ESPN notes
December 24, 2014 Rice 30 Fresno State 6 25,365 ESPN notes
December 24, 2015 San Diego State 42 Cincinnati 7 22,793 ESPN notes
December 24, 2016 Hawaiʻi 52 Middle Tennessee 35 23,175 ESPN notes
December 24, 2017 Fresno State 33 Houston 27 20,546 [5] ESPN notes

For the 2018 game, being played on December 22, 2018, Hawaiʻi became bowl eligible with their 6th win over Wyoming. As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the hometown Rainbow Warriors an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible. They will play a team from either the Conference USA or the Pac-12.


Year Winning team MVP(s) Team Position Losing team MVP Team Position
2002 Lynaris Elpheage Tulane CB Justin Colbert Hawaiʻi WR
2003 Timmy Chang Hawaiʻi QB Jackie Battle Houston RB
2004 Timmy Chang
Chad Owens
Hawaiʻi QB
Darrell Hackney UAB QB
2005 B.J. Mitchell Nevada RB Brandon Marshall UCF WR
2006 Colt Brennan
Jason Rivers
Hawaiʻi QB
Ryan Torain Arizona State RB
2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina RB Jeremy Avery Boise State RB
2008 Jimmy Clausen
Golden Tate
Notre Dame QB
Aaron Bain Hawaiʻi WR
2009 Kyle Padron SMU QB Kevin Basped Nevada DE
2010 Damaris Johnson Tulsa WR Greg Salas Hawaii WR
2011 Cordarro Law Southern Miss DL Lampford Mark Nevada RB
2012 Margus Hunt SMU DE Davante Adams Fresno State WR
2013 Rashaad Reynolds Oregon State CB Matt Miller Boise State WR
2014 Driphus Jackson
Brian Nordstrom
Rice QB
Carl Mickelsen Fresno State LB
2015 Dakota Gordon San Diego State FB Zach Edwards Cincinnati S
2016 Dru Brown Hawaiʻi QB Richie James Middle Tennessee WR
2017 [6] Marcus McMaryion Fresno State QB Steven Dunbar Houston WR

Most appearances

Teams with multiple appearances
Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Hawaiʻi 7 4–3
T2 Nevada 3 1–2
T2 Fresno State 3 1–2
T4 SMU 2 2–0
T4 Houston 2 0–2
T4 Boise State 2 0–2
Teams with a single appearance

Won: East Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Rice, San Diego State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Tulsa
Lost: Arizona State, Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee, UAB, UCF

Appearances by conference

Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 16 games (32 total appearances).

Rank Conference Appearances Wins Losses Pct.
1 C-USA 11 7 4 0.636
2 WAC 10 4 6 0.400
3 Mountain West 6 3 3 0.500
T4 Pac-12 2 1 1 0.500
T4 The American 2 0 2 0.000
6 Independents [n 1] 1 1 0 1.000
  1. ^ Notre Dame (2008)

See also

Other bowl games played in Hawaiʻi


  1. ^ http://www.statisticbrain.com/college-bowl-game-payouts/
  2. ^ "Mountain West Conference aligns with Sheraton Hawaii Bowl starting in 2012". ESPN.com. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Sheraton Hotels & Resorts drops title sponsorship of Hawaii Bowl college football game".
  4. ^ "Conference USA Official Athletic Site - Football". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ "2017 Bowl Game Attendance". sportshoop.la. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "2017 Hawai'i Bowl Post Game Notes". thehawaiibowl.com. December 25, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.

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