Marcus Mariota will be a “captain” for the Polynesian Hall of Fame’s inaugural high school football all-star game at Aloha Stadium.
The game, which is to feature primarily Polynesian players from Hawaii, the U. S. mainland, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa, is scheduled for Jan. 21, 2017.
It won unanimous approval from the Aloha Stadium Authority today.
The opposing captain will be Ronnie Stanley. Phil Hetu said Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, and Stanley, the 2015 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, will choose among 84 high ranked high school players in a concept similar to that of the NFL Pro Bowl where Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin were captains. “Well, we’re going to have Team Mariota and Team Stanley,” Hetu said.
Seventy-five percent are expected to be of Polynesian ancestry and 25 percent from other ancestries.
The authority agreed to waive $1,000 in rental fees for the event. Organizers will pay operating costs.
“I firmly believe this event has a lot of potential,” said authority member Keith Amemiya.
“I feel this event is long overdue,” said member Keith “Kika” Bukoski.
Organizers told the authority that they are in discussion with ESPN3 about televising the game.
A spokesman said Mariota’s “Motiv8” foundation “will be providing the Nike uniforms and apparel for the players and coaches.”
Hetu said organizers hope to have the game at the same level as the well-established Under Armour Game in Orlando, Fla. and Army game in San Antonio, Texas, both held in early January.