The Hawai'i Bowl is an annual postseason college football bowl game played in Hawai'i. The game is played Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Christmas Eve. Conference tie-ins for the game include a team from the Mountain West Conference against a team from Conference-USA. The American Athletic Conference will also become a tie-in starting with the 2015 season. Assuming the University of Hawai'i is eligible for bowl game play, the school is guaranteed a spot in the bowl game. The Hawai'i Bowl has been played since 2002. Before that year the Aloha Bowl and the Oahu Bowl games were played in its place (1982-2000). While no longer the games title sponsor, before Sheraton took over sponsorship of the game, ConAgra was the main sponsor. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Hawai'i Bowl tickets.
2016 Hawai'i Bowl Preview
The Cincinnati Bearcats and San Diego State Aztecs will square off in the 2015 Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The Bearcats continue to be one of the top offensive attacks in the country, led by quarterback Gunner Kiel. Cincinnati enters the 2015 Hawaii Bowl having won 4 of their last 6 games, and will be looking for their 8th win on the season. San Diego State is fresh off a Mountain West Conference championship riding a 9 game winning streak. Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey, is one of the nation’s top backs, and should see plenty of carries in the 2015 Hawaii Bowl.
Check out our Hawai'i Bowl Preview History page for previews of previous Hawai'i Bowl games.
Hawai'i Bowl at Aloha Stadium Address: 99-500 Salt Lake Blvd, Aiea, Hawai'i, 96701
Aloha Stadium, site of the Aloha Bowl, was opened in 1975 and holds 50,000 spectators. The stadium was the first in the US that can be reconfigured for different purposes. Large sections of the stadium weighing more than 3 million pounds each can be moved via air cushions into different arrangements. These sections are now locked permanently in place for football due to maintenance concerns.
The orange level of Aloha Stadium brings fans the closest to the playing field of all the levels. The orange level is broken down into sideline and endzone sections. Sideline sections of the orange level include F-Q and FF-QQ, while the endzone sections include E-EE and R-RR.
Along with the rest of the levels, the blue level shares the same sections as the orange level but are one tier higher from the field.
The brown level is the third level from the field and contains the club seating. Also referred to as the club level, the brown level features a smaller seating area of only 4 rows per section. In terms of height, the brown level is situated in the middle of Aloha Stadium offering great vantage points of the entire field.
Located at the 4th tier of the stadium, the red level also runs along the sidelines and endzones. Sections in the red level contain 5 rows and offer great views of both ends of the field.
The sections in the yellow level span upwards to 12 rows and are the highest level from the field at Aloha Stadium. The rows in this level continue from the red level and span from 6 to 17.
Hawai'i Bowl Event Guide
What are the best attractions to see when in Honolulu for the Hawai'i Bowl?
As the state capital, Honolulu offers a wide variety of historical treasures to Hawai'i. Most notable is Pearl Harbor which is only a quick ferry ride away from the island. There are also multiple museums in Honolulu including the state's largest collection of natural history specimens and Hawaiiana/Pacific culture artifacts at the Bishop Museum. A great beach to check out in the area is Hanauma Bay, what once was a Volcano is now one of the prettiest beach coves on the island. Be sure to get there early as once the bay is filled to capacity its a one-in-one-out policy. Diamond Head is also a great way to get out and see the island from a natural perspective. The hike takes you along the volcanic outline of the islands most notable peak.
Where are the best places to eat when in Honolulu for the Hawai'i Bowl?
Waikiki is known as the islands tourist district and offers a great chance to check out some of the local food options as well as common favorites. Duke's is one of Honolulu's best island grilles featuring a robust menu of Hawaiian cuisine, seafood and steaks. Another great kept secret of Hawaii is the Hawaiian style hot dog, the Puka Dog. Puka Dog is in the Poipu Shopping Village just off Poipu Road and is sure to be you're favorite meal of the trip.
What are the best games in Hawai'i Bowl history?
There have been many great games in the Hawai'i Bowls history including the 2005 edition when UFC faced Nevada in the schools first ever bowl game appearance. In 2007 Chris Johnson set the NCAA FBS record for all-purpose yards against Boise State after rushing for 223 yards, grabbing 32 receiving yards, and returning six kick's for 153 yards for a total of 408 yards. For a complete list of former Hawai'i Bowl matchups, visit our Hawai'i Bowl Champions page.
Who are the most famous players to play in the Hawai'i Bowl?
Many players in the Hawai'i Bowl have gone on to represent their college in the NFL. The list includes players like Jackie Battle, Brandon Marshall, Chris Johnson, Golden Tate, and Jimmy Clausen.