FAQ - Football Hall of Fame
Hours of Operation
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. The permanent exhibit stands next to the center’s new Hukilau Marketplace; admission is free. Reflecting Polynesian architectural design, the Hall of Fame gallery features lava stones, koa and ohia wood, and accents of traditional fabrics and includes photos, memorabilia and an interactive display.
Hours of Operation
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is temporarily closed for renovation.
Charitable Mission of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
- Preserve, promote and serve as a resource for Polynesian Football history.
- College scholarships designated for student-athletes of Polynesian ancestry will be awarded to the alma mater of each Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee.
- Educational programs focusing on character and teamwork for youth within the Polynesian community.
- Support may also be provided for other initiatives positively benefiting Polynesian culture and heritage.
Polynesian Football History
The first Polynesian to play in the NFL was Offensive Lineman Al Lolotai, a Samoan, who was a member of the 1945 Washington Redskins. The first Polynesian to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame was “”Squirmin”” Herman Wedemeyer, a Hawaiian, in 1979. The first Polynesian to win the Heisman Trophy, was quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Samoan, in 2015. And, Inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Inductee Junior Seau, is the first Polynesian to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Legends such as Kevin Mawae, Kurt Gouveia, Jesse Sapolu, Jack “”The Throwin’ Samoan”” Thompson, Troy Polomalu and Olin Kreutz have contributed to Polynesian Football lore.
The Polynesian influence and prestige in American football is at an all-time high, and rapidly expanding. Today, there are over 60 NFL players of Polynesian ancestry. Polynesian football players have become part of the American football lexicon.
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame will continue to share this storied history and recognize its greatest participants.