Mariota, Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inductees to dedicate new exhibit

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota and four 2015 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame inductees will help dedicate a new exhibit that honors Polynesia’s greatest football players.

Mariota, along with Luther Elliss, Jesse Sapolu, Ray Schoenke and Russ Francis, will be available to meet the public when the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Gallery opens at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie.

Mariota is the recipient of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award.

A dedication and enshrinement ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 24.

The festivities start with a press conference at 10 a.m. followed by the following public activities:

  • 10:30 a.m. Hall of Fame Exhibit Dedication
  • 11:00 a.m. Hall of Fame Reception (Gateway Restaurant)
  • 12:00 p.m. Enshrinement Ceremony (Hawaiian Journey Theater)
  • 1:00 p.m. Autograph Session (Front of Yoshimura Store)
  • 2:30 p.m. Honorees Canoe Parade

Tickets to the ribbon cutting, enshrinement ceremony and reception cost $25 per person and can be purchased online here.

In keeping with the honorees’ cultural heritage, the new Polynesian Football Hall of Fame exhibit gallery will feature design elements of ancient Polynesian architecture, including lava stones, tropical plants, natural woods like ohia and koa, and accents of lauhala mats and other native textures and fabrics.

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