Pineapple Bowl

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This is the very rare first Pineapple Bowl program, held January 2, 1939 between the University of Hawaii Rainbows and the UCLA Bruins at Honolulu Stadium on Oahu in Hawaii. The Bruins won the game 32-7.
Pineapple Bowl (defunct)
Stadium Honolulu Stadium
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Operated 1939–1941
Conference tie-ins University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Pineapple Bowl is a now-defunct college football bowl game played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Honolulu Stadium. Played on New Year's Day except in 1939 and 1950, the Pineapple Bowl succeeded the Poi Bowl. The inaugural game was played in 1939 and the last game was played in 1952. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the bowl game was suspended for five years. The game featured the Hawaii Rainbows and an invited team from the mainland.[1] The rise of the Hula Bowl shortly followed the demise of the Pineapple Bowl. The University of Hawaii attempted to revive the bowl game in 1980, but the NCAA Special Events Committee turned down their request.[2] However, the Aloha Bowl was created in 1982.

Game results[edit]

The University of Hawaii went 3–6 in the Pineapple Bowl.[3]

Date Winner Score Loser Score
January 2, 1939 UCLA 32 Hawaii 7
January 1, 1940 Oregon State 39 Hawaii 6
January 1, 1941 Fresno State 3 Hawaii 0
January 1, 1947 Hawaii 19 Utah 16
January 1, 1948 Hawaii 33 Redlands 32
January 1, 1949 Oregon State 47 Hawaii 27
January 2, 1950 Stanford 74 Hawaii 20
January 1, 1951 Hawaii 28 Denver 27
January 1, 1952 San Diego State 34 Hawaii 13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Drape, Joe (December 20, 2001). "ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Fish to FedEx: Bowl Name Game". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Hawaii's first bowl attempt denied in 1980". Ka Leo. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  3. ^ "Pineapple Bowl record". Archived from the original on 2008-03-02. Retrieved 2007-12-03.