HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Riddell and the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame unveiled the upcoming 2019 Polynesian Bowl Riddell SpeedFlex helmet design this morning.
This year’s design was inspired by KAPA/TAPA, a barkcloth that is prepared and utilized by families throughout Polynesia.
“The Polynesian people take a lot of pride in their heritage, and this design features important cultural significance for both the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and the players who will wear it this year,” said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman and Co-founder of the PFHOF in a statement. “We’re proud to partner with Riddell to come up with these one-of-a-kind designs that showcase our heritage while ensuring players have access to advanced protection as part of their participation.”
Each island nation has its own particular nuances in making tapa, making tapa unique in its own right.
“Everyone who plays in this game is always excited about the helmet designs from Riddell. The symbolism and swag they get from it is found nowhere else,” said Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. “Being able to play in the Polynesian Bowl is a tremendous honor and the unique helmet design from Riddell makes it feel even that much more special.”
The 2019 helmet represents traditional Hawaiian belief in a balance between ocean and land: Mauka, meaning mountain, and Makai , meaning ocean.
“Riddell is proud to continue our support of this unique and exciting all-star competition in partnership with the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame as we pay tribute to the Polynesian culture and heritage through the helmet designs for the game,” said Dan Arment, President and CEO of Riddell. “The 2019 participants will have the opportunity to play in Riddell’s game-changing innovations, which delivers on-field protective performance for these elite athletes.”
The 2019 Polynesian Bowl will be played on Saturday, January 19 at Aloha Stadium. The game will be broadcast Live on CBS Sports Network. For more information, please visit www.PolynesianBowl.com.