KS Kapālama student-athletes scheduled to play in the prestigious Polynesian Bowl showcase on Saturday are, from left, linebacker Hoku Arias, defensive lineman Kūpono Blake, offensive lineman Lokahi Pauole and linebacker Tiger Peterson. The game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network, and will be rebroadcast on multiple occasions on Hawai‘i News Now.
Kamehameha Schools Kapālama will be well represented at the Polynesian Bowl high school all-star game on Saturday night at Aloha Stadium as four seniors were honored with spots on the roster. Warrior student-athletes scheduled to play in the showcase are linebacker Hoku Arias, defensive lineman Kūpono Blake, offensive lineman Lokahi Pauole and linebacker Tiger Peterson.
Peterson, a three-star prospect, plans on playing at the collegiate level for the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, while Blake has committed to play for the Air Force Academy. Pauole and Arias have yet to commit to a college program, and Saturday’s all-star opportunity could lead to additional offers from which to choose. Warrior football coach Abu Ma‘afala, a 2002 KSK graduate and former collegiate standout at The University of California, Berkeley, will also be involved in the game as an assistant coach as part of KS Kapālama’s lasting partnership with the Polynesian Bowl.
The game will be televised live worldwide on CBS Sports Network, and will be rebroadcast on multiple occasions locally via Hawai‘i News Now.
KS Trustee Corbett Kalama continues to play an instrumental role in the Polynesian Bowl’s growth as the premiere high school football showcase in the nation. His work with Friends of Hawai‘i Charities has led to a collaboration that, on Sunday, Jan. 13, raised enough funds for the Polynesian Bowl to host 250-plus high school student-athletes at KS Kapālama’s Kūnuiākea Stadium, including many Native Hawaiian players from public and private schools.
The showcase for high school juniors and seniors allowed players vying for college scholarships and opportunities a chance to perform before at least 20 coaches representing NCAA D-II and D-III, NAIA and junior colleges for free; similar camps and showcases usually carry significant registration and travel costs. The event served as a reminder for students that, despite not receiving D-I offers, there are still ample opportunities to play football at the next level and pursue a college education.