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Hawaiʻi Bowl
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl
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Hawaiʻi Bowl logo
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Honolulu (Halawa), Hawaii
Operated 2002-present
Conference Tie-ins WAC
Pac-10 (2006, 2008)
C-USA (2005, 2007, 2009-present)
Payout US$750,000 (each team)
Sponsors
ConAgra Foods (2002)
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii (2003-present)
2008 Matchup
Notre Dame vs Hawaii (ND 49-21)
2009 Matchup
Nevada vs. SMU (SMU 45-10)

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-10 vs. WAC member schools. As part of the agreement with the WAC, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the University of Hawaiʻi the Hawaiʻi Bowl bid, regardless of its standings in the WAC, provided it is bowl eligible and doesn't qualify for the BCS (as it did in 2007). If Hawaiʻi is not eligible then another WAC member is chosen.

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

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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 which it continues to hold today; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl.

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.[1]

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).

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* 29,005 ESPN notes
December 24, 2004 Hawaiʻi 59 UAB 40 39,754 ESPN notes
December 24, 2005 Nevada 49 UCF 48* 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 Hawai'i 21 43,487 ESPN notes
December 24, 2009 SMU 45 Nevada 10 32,650 ESPN notes

* Overtime game

MVPs

Date played MVP(s) School Position
December 25, 2002 Lynaris Elpheage Tulane CB
December 25, 2003 Timmy Chang Hawaiʻi QB
December 24, 2004 Chad Owens Hawaiʻi WR
Timmy Chang Hawaiʻi QB
December 24, 2005 Brandon Marshall UCF WR
December 24, 2006 Colt Brennan Hawaiʻi QB
Jason Rivers Hawaiʻi WR
December 23, 2007 Chris Johnson East Carolina RB
December 24, 2008 Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame QB
Golden Tate Notre Dame WR
December 24, 2009 Kyle Padron SMU QB

Most appearances

Rank Team Appearances Record
1 Hawaii 5 3-2
2 Nevada 2 1-1
T3 East Carolina 1 1-0
T3 Notre Dame 1 1-0
T3 SMU 1 1-0
T3 Tulane 1 1-0
T3 Arizona State 1 0-1
T3 Boise State 1 0-1
T3 UCF 1 0-1
T3 Houston 1 0-1
T3 UAB 1 0-1

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