Concerning the Hawai'i Bowl The Hawai'i Bowl remains the state's first non-all-star postseason game since the Oahu Bowl and Aloha Bowl were held in Honolulu in December 2000. The game was created by former University of Hawaii coaches June Jones and Tom Cassidy who also founded the Mountain West Conference. The inaugural game was played on January 12, 2001 at Aloha Stadium with California defeating Hawaii 33-30.
California went on to win the Pac-10 that year, while Hawaii was an independent. But now they meet again every year in the Hawaii Bowl. This game used to be called the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl until it was bought by an insurance company named Pacific Life. They wanted to get away from having religion in their name so they decided not to have any connection with Christianity or Christmas and just call it the Hawaii Bowl from then on.
If you ask most people what sport is popular in Hawaii they will say basketball but if you look closer at the statistics it is actually football. In fact, Hawaii is one of the biggest schools in college football history. They have 10 NCAA Division I-A football championships to their name including five consecutive from 1992 to 1996 with Jim Tressel as coach. That is more than any other school except Michigan and Ohio State which both have six.
Since 2002, the Hawaii Bowl has been a post-season National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision college football bowl game held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game features two teams that did not make it to the Pacific 12 Conference (PAC-12) or Mountain West Conferences' football championship games - one team from the American Athletic Conference and one team from the Big East Conference.
It is sponsored by the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Club of Hawaii, which owns the right to host the game. The stadium is owned by the City and County of Honolulu. It is located on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
The game is played in late December/early January and has attracted large crowds over the past few years. It is broadcast online by ESPN with Joe Tessitore and David Pollack calling the action.
The Hawaii Bowl is the only postseason game played in Hawaii. If you're going to the game, be sure to check out our Hawaii Bowl 2017 guide for more information about how to get there, where to stay, and so on.
The Hawaii Bowl Since 2002, the Hawaii Bowl has been held yearly at Aloha Stadium in Halawa, Hawaii, a suburb of Honolulu. The bowl is one of ESPN Events' post-season competitions. It features two teams that finished the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season ranked among the Top 10: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 2 Florida.
The game was created as part of an agreement between the University of Hawaii and the Hawaii Pacific College Athletic Conference (HPCAC). UH sponsors three sports - baseball, basketball, and football - while HPCCU sponsors one sport - golf. The agreement was first announced on May 23, 2001, and went into effect for the 2001 season. The Hawaii Bowl is the only HPCAC event that is not sponsored by either school. As part of its sponsorship deal with Nike, each team will wear custom-made shoes for the game.
Florida and Michigan State have met nine times before, with the Gators holding a 5-4 advantage in the all-time series. The last time these two schools met was in the 2007 Capital One Bowl when Florida defeated Michigan State 34-27.
There's always plenty of action on and off the field during halftime at the Hawaii Bowl. Viewers can watch players relax in the shade, stretch out their legs, and get some water during the break.