|Conference tie-ins||MWC (2012–present)
|Previous conference tie-ins||WAC (2002–2011)
|Payout||US$650,000 (as of 2015)|
|Preceded by||Aloha Bowl|
ConAgra Foods Hawaiʻi Bowl (2002)
Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl (2003–2013)
|Hawaiʻi vs. Middle Tennessee (Hawaiʻi 52–35)|
|Houston vs. Fresno State (Fresno State 33–27)|
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-12 and a team from the Mountain West Conference. As part of the bowl charter, a "Hawaiʻi guarantee" allows the University of Hawaiʻi an automatic bid to the bowl provided it is bowl eligible and does not receive a bid to a bowl in the College Football Playoff, which goes to the highest ranking school among the members of the Mountain West, Sun Belt, Mid-American, and American Athletic Conferences and Conference USA. If Hawaiʻi is not eligible then another Mountain West team receives the bid. This continues a tradition started when Hawaiʻi was a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
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.
In its first year, the Hawaiʻi Bowl was sponsored by ConAgra Foods. The following year, Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii assumed sponsorship; the game's full name was changed to the Sheraton Hawaiʻi Bowl until Sheraton declined to renew sponsorship in 2014.
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.
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).
The 2011 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Conference USA champion for the first time, as Southern Mississippi played in the bowl instead of going to the Liberty Bowl, where the C-USA champion typically plays.
The 2015 Hawai'i Bowl featured the Mountain West Conference champion for the first time as San Diego State played in the bowl instead of going to the Las Vegas Bowl, where the Mountain West champion typically plays.
Tenth Anniversary Team (2011)
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Hawai'i Bowl, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, in conjunction with the bowl game, allowed fans to vote on a tenth anniversary team. Nine players were voted to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Ten Year Anniversary Team by fan voting. An additional seven players were picked by a panel of sportswriters and Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl Staff. The team was announced on December 16, 2011.
|Ten Year Anniversary Team|
|2002||Justin Colbert||Hawaiʻi||9 catches for 158 yards and 2 TD's.|
|26 for 42, 475 yards, 5 TD's passing.
19 carries for 124 yards and 3 TD's.
|2004||Chad Owens||Hawaiʻi||8 catches for 114 yards, 2 TD's.
5 punt returns for 90 yards and a TD.
|11 receptions for 114 yards.
11 receptions for 210 yards and 3 TD's.
|33 for 42, 559 yards and 5 TD's.
14 receptions for 308 yards and 2 TD's.
|2007||Chris Johnson||East Carolina||408 all purpose yards, 2 TD's.|
|6 receptions for 177 yards and 3 TD's.
22 for 26, 401 yards and 5TD's
8 receptions for 109 yards and 2 TD's.
|2009||Kyle Padron||SMU||32 of 41 passing for 460 yards and 2 TD's.|
|5 carries for 98 yards and 1 TD, 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 TD, 6 returns for 127 yards.
2 sacks, 8 UA Tackles, 2 Asst. Tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 Int's for 106 yards and 1 TD
13 receptions for 214 yards and 2 TD's.
|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 (3OT)||29,005||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2004||Hawaiʻi||59||UAB||40||39,754||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2005||Nevada||49||UCF||48 (OT)||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||Hawaiʻi||21||43,487||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2009||SMU||45||Nevada||10||32,650||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2010||Tulsa||62||Hawaiʻi||35||43,673||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2011||Southern Miss||24||Nevada||17||32,630||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2012||SMU||43||Fresno State||10||30,024||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2013||Oregon State||38||Boise State||23||29,106||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2014||Rice||30||Fresno State||6||25,365||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2015||San Diego State||42||Cincinnati||7||22,793||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2016||Hawaiʻi||52||Middle Tennessee||35||23,175||ESPN||notes|
|December 24, 2017||Fresno State||33||Houston||27||20,546||ESPN||notes|
- Teams with multiple appearances
- Teams with a single appearance
Appearances by conference
Through the December 2017 playing, there have been 16 games (32 total appearances).
- Notre Dame (2008)
- Other bowl games played in Hawaiʻi
- Poi Bowl (1936–1939)
- Pineapple Bowl (1940–1952)
- Aloha Bowl (1982–2000)
- Oʻahu Bowl (1998–2000)
- Hula Bowl (1947–2008)
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