A week after 42 players from the University of Hawaii helped lead the Rainbow Warriors to a victory at Aloha Stadium, the college football program with the second-most Hawaii natives will look to do the same in Kapalama this weekend.
Pacific University of Oregon will play host to in a historic matchup with the Tigers of Los Angeles’s Occidental College at Kuniakea Stadium on the campus of Kamehameha-Kapalama. It’s the first ever NCAA Division III football game played on Hawaiian soil.
The Boxers will bring 28 players from the 808. The school has had at least 20 players from Hawaii on their roster every year since the program’s rebirth in 2010.
With more than 1,500 active alumni in the islands, the school from Forest Grove is hoping to paint the island red.
“I really sense the inception of the football program,” head coach Keith Buckley said. “We’ve looked to trying to get over to Hawaii as really a true celebration. Our relationship with the Hawaiian Islands and Pacific University and well over seven decades strong, so this is an opportunity to celebrate our alumni, and celebrate the parents that don’t get to see their sons play week in and week out because of travel considerations.
“Any kid leaving Hawaii wonders if they’ll have the chance to play there again, so for them, this is something very unique and exceptional to have as part of their collegiate experience,” he said.
Now Occidental is no stranger to the islands either, with three Hawaii connections coming to the game, including head coach Doug Semones and offensive coordinator Darnell Arceneaux.
Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 5 p.m. For ticket information, click here.