Hawaiian Islanders

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For the aboriginal people of the Hawaiian Islands, see Native Hawaiians. For the AAA Baseball team, see Hawaii Islanders.
Hawaiian Islanders
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Hawaiian Islanders
Founded 2002
Folded 2004
League AF2
Conference National
Division Northeast
Based in Honolulu, Hawaii
Arena Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
Division titles 2003
Playoff berths 2003

The Hawaiian Islanders were a minor league team of the Arena Football League's developmental league, the af2. Based in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Hawaiian Islanders home field was at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. It competed in the AF2 National Conference West. They were owned by Charles Wang, who also owned the New York Islanders and New York Dragons, the latter of which it was an affiliate of, along with the short-lived New Haven Ninjas. It lasted from 2002 to 2004.

The team disbanded after the 2004 af2 season. During their short existence, they were coached by Cal Lee, Hawaii's winningest high school football coach. Before Lee, they were coached by Guy Benjamin and Chad Carlson in 2002. Several later AFLers, such as Fullback Josh White (later played for the New York Dragons) and Wide Receiver Nian Taylor played with Hawaii.

The broadcasters were: 'Super Bowl' Wayne LaVelle, Rich 'Ke'ali'i' Salzer, Rand The Man Miyamoto and Scott Ka'alele of KUMU Radio. The now-defunct Hawaii Sports Network carried the entire home schedule for the Islanders in their inaugural season in 2002 with local personalities Kanoa Leahey and Robert Kekaula on the call.

Note: The team should not be confused with The Hawaiians of the World Football League of the 1970s.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2002 5 11 0 3rd NC Western --
2003 10 6 0 1st NC Western Won Round 1 Hawaii 57, Wichita 30
Lost Round 2 Tulsa 58, Hawaii 38
2004 8 8 0 2nd NC Western --
Totals 24 26 0 (including playoffs)

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