Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football
2021 Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football team
First season1909
Athletic directorDavid Matlin
Head coachTodd Graham
2nd season, 5–4 (.556)
StadiumClarence T. C. Ching Athletics Complex
Field surfaceSynthetic Turf
LocationHonolulu, Hawaii
ConferenceMountain West
DivisionWest (2013–2019 and 2021–present)
All-time record565–464–25 (.548)
Bowl record8–6 (.571)
Conference titles4
RivalriesFresno State (rivalry)
Air Force (rivalry)
Wyoming (rivalry)
San Jose State
ColorsGreen, black, silver, and white[1]
Fight songUniversity of Hawaii Fight Song Co-Ed
MascotVili the Warrior (1999-2011)
Marching bandRainbow Warriors Marching Band

The Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors football team represents the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in NCAA Division I FBS college football. 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.[2]

The Hawaiʻi Warriors were the third team from a non automatic qualifier conference to play in a BCS bowl game. They played Georgia in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 2008, in New Orleans, and lost 41–10.


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Early history

Otto Klum era (1921–1939)

Eugene Gill era (1940–1941)

Tom Kaulukukui era (1946–1950)

Hank Vasconcellos era (1952–1960)

Jim Asato era (1962–1964)

Shaughnessy-Sarboe-King era (1965–1967)

Dave Holmes era (1968–1973)

Larry Price era (1974–1976)

Dick Tomey era (1977–1986)

Bob Wagner era (1987–1995)

Fred von Appen (1996–1998)

June Jones era (1999–2007)

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

Greg McMackin era (2008–2011)

Norm Chow era (2012–2015)

Nick Rolovich era (2016–2019)

Todd Graham era (2020–present)

Conference affiliations


Conference championships

Season Conference Coach Record Conference Record
1992 WAC Bob Wagner 11–2 6–2
1999 WAC June Jones 9–4 5–2
2007 WAC June Jones 12–1 8–0
2010 WAC Greg McMackin 10–4 7–1

† Co-champions

Division championships

Season Conference Division Coach Conf. record Overall record Opponent CG result
2019 Mountain West West Nick Rolovich 5–3 10–5 Boise State L 10–31

Bowl games

See also: List of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors bowl games

Bowl games played from 1934 to 1952 were not NCAA-sanctioned. 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 Coach Opponent Result
1934 New Year's Classic Otto Klum Santa Clara L 7–26
1935 New Year's Classic Otto Klum California W 14–0
1936 Poi Bowl Otto Klum USC L 6–38
1937 Poi Bowl Otto Klum Honolulu All-Stars W 18–12
1938 Poi Bowl Otto Klum Washington L 13–53
1939 Poi Bowl Otto Klum UCLA L 7–32
1940 Pineapple Bowl Eugene Gill Oregon State L 6–39
1941 Pineapple Bowl Eugene Gill Fresno State L 0–3
1947 Pineapple Bowl Tom Kaulukukui Utah W 19–16
1948 Pineapple Bowl Tom Kaulukukui Redlands W 33–32
1949 Pineapple Bowl Tom Kaulukukui Oregon State L 27–47
1950 Pineapple Bowl Tom Kaulukukui Stanford L 20–74
1951 Pineapple Bowl Archie Kodros Denver W 28–27
1952 Pineapple Bowl Hank Vasconcellos San Diego State L 13–34
1989 Aloha Bowl Bob Wagner Michigan State L 13–33
1992 Holiday Bowl Bob Wagner Illinois W 27–17
1999 Oahu Bowl June Jones Oregon State W 23–17
2002 Hawai'i Bowl June Jones Tulane L 28–36
2003 Hawai'i Bowl June Jones Houston W 54–48
2004 Hawai'i Bowl June Jones UAB W 59–40
2006 Hawai'i Bowl June Jones Arizona State W 41–24
2008 Sugar Bowl June Jones Georgia L 10–41
2008 Hawai'i Bowl Greg McMackin Notre Dame L 21–49
2010 Hawai'i Bowl Greg McMackin Tulsa L 35–62
2016 Hawai'i Bowl Nick Rolovich Middle Tennessee W 52–35
2018 Hawai'i Bowl Nick Rolovich Louisiana Tech L 14–31
2019 Hawai'i Bowl Nick Rolovich BYU W 38–34
2020 New Mexico Bowl Todd Graham Houston W 28–14

Head coaches

Main article: List of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors head football coaches

Interim head coach
Years Coach Record
1909–1911 Austin Jones 8–6
1912–1914 No team
1915 John Peden 5–1–1
1916 William Britton 3–2–1
1917–1919 David L. 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
1977–1986 Dick Tomey 63–46–3
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 Naeole 1–3
2016–2019 Nick Rolovich 28–27
2020–present Todd Graham 5–4


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Fresno State

Main article: Fresno State–Hawaii football rivalry

With the BYU rivalry losing steam after the Cougars left the WAC in 1999, 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 continues to the present, with Fresno State having joined the Mountain West Conference in 2012, reuniting it with Hawaiʻi and other former WAC members in Nevada and Boise State.

Air Force

Main article: Air Force–Hawaii football rivalry

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 Falcons are in possession of the trophy following a 56–26 win in Honolulu in 2019.


Main article: Hawaii–Wyoming football rivalry

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 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 holds the Paniolo Trophy as they won the most recent meeting, 17–13 in Honolulu. Wyoming leads the overall series 13–9.[when?][citation needed]

San Jose State

Dick Tomey Legacy Game

The two schools were each lead by legendary coach Dick Tomey who passed away in 2019. The winner of the rivalry game each year takes possession of the Dick Tomey Legacy Trophy.


Individual awards and recognitions

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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

Notable players

See also: List of Hawaii Warriors in the NFL Draft

Notable coaches

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.[9] The team's opponents who play at Hawaiʻi each season are also allowed one more game than their normal limit.[10][11] 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 October 25, 2019. Hawaii will face New Mexico State twice during the 2021 season in an in-season home and home series.[12]

2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030
Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt at New Mexico State Arizona at Arizona State at UCLA Fordham at Stanford
Western Kentucky Stanford at BYU BYU at Stanford
at Michigan Albany Oregon Portland State
Duquesne at Oregon Stanford
at New Mexico State New Mexico State


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