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Aloha Bowl

Aloha Bowl (defunct)
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
Operated 1982–2000

The Aloha Bowl was a National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision (then known as Division I-A) college football bowl game played in Honolulu, Hawaii at Aloha Stadium.


  • History 1
  • Game results 2
  • Television 3
  • In popular culture 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


The Aloha Bowl was established by Mackay Yanagisawa, a sportsman of Oahu in 1982.[1] With the exception of the 1983-86 playings, the Aloha Bowl was traditionally played on Christmas morning in Honolulu.[2] For most of its playings, the game was sponsored by Jeep Corporation.[3] The bowl originally applied for certification by the NCAA Division I Championship Committee in 1981, but certification was delayed until 1982. The inaugural game was played in 1982 and the last game was played in 2000, after it lost its sponsorship as a result of a corporate merger between Jeep and DaimlerChrysler. In 1998 and 1999, the Aloha Bowl was part of a doubleheader followed by the Oahu Bowl; the 1998 event was the first televised doubleheader in American college football history.[1]

Since Jeep dropped its sponsorship, the bowl committees of the Hawaiian bowl games elected to move the games to the U.S. mainland. The Oahu Bowl moved to Seattle and was played as the Seattle Bowl for two years.[4][5] The Aloha Bowl was to move to San Francisco, but before the move could be completed the game lost its bowl certification. San Francisco received a bowl game for the 2001 season anyway, which is now known as the Foster Farms Bowl. Hawaiians did not remain without a bowl for long, however, as a new bowl committee received certification for a Christmastime game in 2002 at Aloha Stadium.

The Aloha Bowl was preceded years earlier by the Pineapple Bowl and Poi Bowl.

Game results

Date Winner Score Loser Score Attendance Notes
December 25, 1982 Washington 21 Maryland 20 30,055 notes
December 26, 1983 Penn State 13 Washington 10 37,212 notes
December 29, 1984 SMU 27 Notre Dame 20 41,777 notes
December 28, 1985 Alabama 24 USC 3 35,183 notes
December 27, 1986 Arizona 30 North Carolina 21 26,743 notes
December 25, 1987 UCLA 20 Florida 16 24,839 notes
December 25, 1988 Washington State 24 Houston 22 35,132 notes
December 25, 1989 Michigan State 33 Hawaii 13 50,000 notes
December 25, 1990 Syracuse 28 Arizona 0 14,185 notes
December 25, 1991 Georgia Tech 18 Stanford 17 34,433 notes
December 25, 1992 Kansas 23 BYU 20 42,933 notes
December 25, 1993 Colorado 41 Fresno State 30 44,009 notes
December 25, 1994 Boston College 12 Kansas State 7 44,862 notes
December 25, 1995 Kansas 51 UCLA 30 41,111 notes
December 25, 1996 Navy 42 Cal 38 43,380 notes
December 25, 1997 Washington 51 Michigan State 23 44,598 notes
December 25, 1998 Colorado 51 Oregon 43 46,451 notes
December 25, 1999 Wake Forest 23 Arizona State 3 40,974 notes
December 25, 2000 Boston College 31 Arizona State 17 24,397 notes


In popular culture

See also


  1. ^ a b Cisco, Dan (1999). Hawaiʻi Sports: History, Facts, and Statistics. University of Hawaii Press. p. 152.  
  2. ^ Worldmark Encyclopedia of the States. Thomson Gale. 1 January 2007. p. 221.  
  3. ^ Gietschier, Steve (1 November 1999). Chase's sports calendar of events. Contemporary Books.  
  4. ^ "Aloha Sports suing NCAA". Star Bulletin. 31 March 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Bowl bids aloha to Hawaii". 1 May 2001. Retrieved 26 August 2008. 
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