Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
2016 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team
First season 1909
Athletic director David Matlin
Head coach Nick Rolovich
1st year, 67 (.462)
Stadium Aloha Stadium
Field Hawaiian Tel FCU Field
Seating capacity 50,000
Field surface Synthetic Turf
Location Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Conference Mountain West
Division West
All-time record 52439126 (.571)
Bowl record 55 (.500)
Conference titles 4
Heisman winners 0 (1 finalist)
Colors Green, White, Black, and Silver[1]

Vili the Warrior (2002-12)

Vacant (2012-present)
Outfitter Under Armour
Rivals Fresno State Bulldogs
Boise State Broncos
BYU Cougars
Wyoming Cowboys
Air Force Falcons
UNLV Rebels
Website HawaiiAthletics.com

The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team represents the University of Hawaii at Manoa in NCAA Division I FBS college football.[2] On November 27, 2015, Nick Rolovich was hired as the new head football coach at the University of Hawaii replacing Norm Chow.[3][4][5] It was part of the Western Athletic Conference until July 2012, when the team joined the Mountain West Conference.

From 2000 until July 1, 2013, the football team was renamed to simply Warriors, until a 2013 decision to standardize all of the school's athletic team names took effect, and the team was once again known as the Rainbow Warriors.[6]

The Hawaiʻi Warriors were the third non-AQ team to play in a BCS bowl game; they lost to Georgia 41–10 in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008 in New Orleans.


Game between Boise State and Hawaiʻi in 2007. Hawaiʻi won 39–27.


Fresno State

With the BYU rivalry losing steam after the Cougars left the WAC in 1993, the rivalry with Fresno State has increased greatly in recent years, with both teams being the oldest members of the WAC contending regularly for the conference championship. Coaches from both schools have accused each side of various episodes of poor sportsmanship over the years, and both schools have some of the nation's rowdiest home fans. The rivalry has featured some lopsided results, including a 70–14 Fresno victory over Hawaiʻi in 2004 and a 68–37 Warriors victory in 2006 over Fresno. In 2007, allegations that Fresno State fans were physically and verbally abused by hometown Hawaiʻi fans circulated the internet and television media added to this rivalry.

It was being reported that several Fresno State fans attempted to warn Boise State fans from attending Hawaiʻi football games due to potential violence against them, however no incidents were reported by Boise State fans and many photographs from Hawaiʻi-based publications covered incidents where Hawaiʻi and Boise State fans were seen mingling together before and after their 2007 game. The rivalry still continues to be one that is anticipated by both sides and will continue beyond 2012 as Fresno State has announced that it will be moving to the Mountain West Conference alongside Hawaiʻi and fellow WAC members, Nevada and Boise State.

Boise State

Boise State and Hawaiʻi have developed a rivalry since the Broncos joined the WAC in 2001. Until Hawaiʻi defeated Boise State 39–27 on November 23, 2007, to clinch that year's WAC championship outright, the Broncos had won all of the contests between the two schools since Boise State became a conference member. The Warriors' all-time record against the Broncos is 3–10. Most of them have been very closely contested. With Boise State's recent announcement that it will remain in the Mountain West instead of joining the Big East, the rivalry will continue beyond 2013. However, due to the new divisional split in the MW, the teams will only meet twice every four years.


BYU had been regarded by many Hawaii residents to be the Warriors' biggest rival and most high-profile game. One of the reasons for the interest in games against BYU is the large Mormon population in Hawaii, especially on the island of Oʻahu, and BYU's success in recruiting players from Hawaii (in addition, BYU has a sister school on Oʻahu). As well, both programs have many players of Polynesian descent. The rivalry with BYU has been largely one-sided, with the Cougars holding a 21–8–0 all-time advantage in the series and going 20–5 since 1972 when LaVell Edwards became BYU's head coach. BYU won 11 straight contests against the Warriors from 1978 through 1988 and six straight from 1993 through 1998. Hawaiʻi has never won in Provo, Utah, losing all eight contests by an average score of 34–18. The series has decreased in notability and importance due to BYU's departure to the Mountain West Conference in 1999. In 2001, Hawaiʻi ruined the then 8th-ranked Cougars' perfect 15–0 season and ended any chance of BYU earning a BCS bowl bid with a 72–45 victory at Aloha Stadium. On December 3, 2011, BYU defeated Hawaii in Honolulu 41-20, which ended Hawaii's bowl hopes and led to the resignation of coach Greg McMackin. The rivalry was reignited in 2012, with Norm Chow, a former assistant under LaVell Edwards, returned to Provo along with Hawaii, the first instance since 2002. The woes in Provo continued, with the Cougars shutting out Hawaii, 47-0. BYU and Hawaii are scheduled for a two-game, home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018.

The rivalry has also been considered by some people to be one-sided in terms of emotion. Emotion during the games, however, have not lacked; many fans have accused one another of poor sportsmanship. Although some in Hawaiʻi have considered BYU to be the Warriors' main rival, BYU fans generally do not think of Hawaiʻi as a major rival, and consider Utah to be their main rival.


Wyoming and Hawaii play for the Paniolo Trophy. The rivalry was renewed in 2013 after 15 years when Hawaii joined the Mountain West Conference in 2012. Because the two teams could not find the original trophy, a new trophy was modeled after a statue that currently stands in Waimea on the Big Island at the Parker Ranch Center. Wyoming won that game in Laramie 59-56 in overtime. Before that, the last time the two schools met was in 1997 in the old Western Athletic Conference with Wyoming winning 35-6 in Honolulu. Hawaii currently holds the Paniolo Trophy as they won the most recent meeting, 38-28 in Honolulu. Wyoming leads the overall series 13-9.

Air Force

This is one of the oldest rivalries involving Hawaii, along with the Fresno State rivalry. This rivalry is attributed to the late General Laurence S. Kuter, who was stationed on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as commander of the Pacific Air Forces. This led to the creation of the Kuter Trophy, a symbol of sportsmanship and school pride, but also the eternal friendship between the Air Force and Hawaii. The Rainbow Warriors are currently in possession of the trophy following a 34-27 double overtime road win, the first in Colorado Springs since 1992 and first win versus Air Force since 2001.


Although this may not be considered a "major" rivalry, these two teams have a history of crazy events taking place, such as Marcus Kemp's game-winning touchdown in a 37-35 victory in 2014; a situation when most UNLV fans decried the final play, believing time had expired. Two other instances were when Nolan Kohorst ruined a Hawaii rally with a late field goal in a 39-37 victory, or Phillip Payne's touchdown giving UNLV a 34-33 victory. UNLV has won five of the last eight meetings, including four straight in Las Vegas, all decided by three points or less, except 2010-2012 and 2015. Local Hawaii high school players are also choosing UNLV more frequently because of the location (Las Vegas is nicknamed the Ninth Island by Hawaii residents) which leads to more local people supporting UNLV at football games. Also, many people from Hawaii also fill half of Sam Boyd Stadium when these two teams play in Las Vegas. This led to the creation of the Pair-O-Dice Trophy, a trophy featuring a shaka carved from koa wood with a pair of red dice inbetween, which symbolizes luck. UNLV currently holds the trophy following a 41-38 victory in 2016, the first victory by the Rebels in Honolulu since 2000.

Future non-conference games

The NCAA permits Hawaiʻi to play one more than the normal 12 games during the regular season to recoup its unusually high travel costs to and from the mainland.[10] The team's opponents who play at Hawaiʻi each season are also allowed one more game than their normal limit.[11][12] This rule was modified before the 2016 season; Hawaii is now open to play before Labor Day Weekend (during FCS Kickoff Week).

The exemption was modified to avoid a 13-game schedule with no bye weeks.

Announced schedules as of November 28, 2015.[13]

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 20222023 20242025
vs Western Carolina vs Navy vs Arizona at Arizona at Oregon State vs Western Kentucky at Oregon vs Wisconsin vs Arizona
at UCLA vs Rice vs Oregon State vs Fordham at Wisconsin vs Oregon
at UMass at Army at Washington at Oregon at Army vs Army
vsBYU vs Duquesne vs Army
at BYU



Nick Rolovich Head Coach Hawai'i (2002)
Craig Stuzmann Passing Game Coordinator / Quarterbacks Hawai'i (2004)
Brian Smith Running Game Coordinator / Running Backs Hawai'i (2001)
Chris Naeole Offensive Line Colorado (1997)
Kefense Hynson Wide Receivers Willamette (2003)
Mayur Chaudhari Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends UC Davis (2002)
Kevin Lempa Defensive Coordinator Southern Connecticut State (1974)
Abe Elimimian Secondary Hawai'i (2004)
Lawrence Suiaunoa Defensive Line Nevada (2002)
Sean Duggan Linebackers Boston College (2014)
Bubba Reynolds Strength & Conditioning Coordinator Humboldt State (2011)
1909–1911 Austin Jones 8–6
1912–1914 No Team
1915 John Peden 5–1–1
1916 William Britton 3–2–1
1917–1919 Dave Crawford 11–1–2
1920 Raymond Elliot 6–2–0
1921–1939 Otto Klum 82–46–7
1940–1941 Eugene Gill 10–6
1942–1945 No Team
1946–1950 Tom Kaulukukui 42–19–3
1951 Archie Kodros 4–7
1952–1960 Hank Vasconcellos 43–46–3
1961 No Team
1962–1964 Jim Asato 15–12
1965 Clark Shaughnessy 1–8–1
1966 Phil Sarboe 4–6
1967 Don King 6–4
1968–1973 Dave Holmes 46–17–1
1974–1976 Larry Price 15–18
1977–1978 Dick Tomey 11-11
1979–1986 Dick Tomey 52–35–3
1987–1995 Bob Wagner 58–49–3
1996–1998 Fred von Appen 5–31
1999–2007 June Jones 75–41
2008–2011 Greg McMackin 29–25
2012–2015 Norm Chow 10-36
2015 Chris Naeoledagger 1-3
2016– Nick Rolovich 5-7
dagger - Interim Head Coach

Conference championships

Season Conference Head Coach Record
1992dagger WAC Bob Wagner 11–2 (6–2)
1999dagger WAC June Jones 9–4 (5–2)
2007 WAC June Jones 12–1 (8–0)
2010dagger WAC Greg McMackin 10–3 (7–1)
dagger Denotes co-champions

Bowl game history

Note: In December 1941, just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaiʻi was scheduled to play in a three-team round robin tournament called the Shrine Bowl, which included Hawaiʻi, San Jose State, and Willamette University of Salem, Oregon. Only one game was actually played, with Hawaiʻi defeating Willamette 20-6.

Year Bowl Game Opponent W/L PF PA Head Coach
1934 New Year's Classic Santa Clara L 7 26 Otto Klum
1935 New Year's Classic California W 14 0 Otto Klum
1936 Poi Bowl Southern California L 6 38 Otto Klum
1937 Poi Bowl Honolulu All-Stars W 18 12 Otto Klum
1938 Poi Bowl Washington L 13 53 Otto Klum
1939 Pineapple Bowl UCLA L 7 32 Otto Klum
1940 Pineapple Bowl Oregon State L 6 39 Eugene Gill
1941 Pineapple Bowl Fresno State L 0 3 Eugene Gill
1947 Pineapple Bowl Utah W 19 16 Tom Kaulukukui
1948 Pineapple Bowl Redlands W 33 32 Tom Kaulukukui
1949 Pineapple Bowl Oregon State L 27 47 Tom Kaulukukui
1950 Pineapple Bowl Stanford L 20 74 Tom Kaulukukui
1951 Pineapple Bowl Denver W 28 27 Archie Kodros
1952 Pineapple Bowl San Diego State L 13 34 Hank Vasconcellos
Year Bowl Game Opponent W/L PF PA Head Coach
1989 Aloha Bowl Michigan State L 13 33 Bob Wagner
1992 Holiday Bowl Illinois W 27 17 Bob Wagner
1999 Oahu Bowl Oregon State W 23 17 June Jones
2002 Hawai'i Bowl Tulane L 28 36 June Jones
2003 Hawai'i Bowl Houston W 54 48 June Jones
2004 Hawai'i Bowl UAB W 59 40 June Jones
2006 Hawai'i Bowl Arizona State W 41 24 June Jones
2008 Sugar Bowl Georgia L 10 41 June Jones
2008 Hawai'i Bowl Notre Dame L 21 49 Greg McMackin
2010 Hawai'i Bowl Tulsa L 35 62 Greg McMackin
2016 Hawai'i Bowl Middle Tennessee Nick Rolovich
Non-NCAA Sanctioned Bowl Game Record 6–9 (.400)
NCAA Sanctioned Bowl Game Record 5–5 (.500)
BCS Bowl Game Record 0–1 (.000)

Individual awards and recognitions

AP All-Americans

AP Little All-Americans

Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-Americans

CoSIDA Academic All-Americans

Mosi Tatupu Award

Sammy Baugh Trophy

Super Bowl Performers

School records

Team records

Career records

Single-game records

Single-season records

Statistics compiled from the University of Hawaiʻi football Media Guide and NCAA.org.

Notable players and coaches

NFL Draft selections

Current NFL players

Other current professional players




Other Leagues

Other notable former coaches and players

For a full list of Hawaiʻi players drafted into the NFL, see also: NFL.com.


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