Rugby is a hit in Waikiki

Rugby is a hit in Waikiki
Ma'ake Kemoeatu
Ma'ake Kemoeatu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kahuku High School grads Chris and Ma'ake Kemoeatu are usually gearing up for the NFL season at this time of year. Instead they've decided to put down their pads and put up some cash for a local rugby tournament.

In all 12 teams have been competing in the hawaii world rugby tournament also known as the Kemoeatu rugby tournament.

More than 50-thousand dollars in cash and prizes will be split between teams from Hawaii, the Mainland and Samoa.

Ma'ake says this weeks tourney features world class competition.

"We have rugby players that have played in the World Cup. Professional rugby players. I mean from the Mana Samoa teams to the All-Blacks team to the Big-12 teams. There are a couple of all-star players that their names are big in the rugby world."

The Ttitan Rugby Club of Honolulu claimed victory today when a squad from American Samoa forfeited because of injury.

Instead, they scrimmaged one another.

Former Warriors Leonard Peters and Tala Esera both say they didn't mind the rest leading to tomorrow's final day.

"It was good", said Peters "Because the guys can recover, our guys were all banged up and sore. Nobody is used to playing everyday, you usually play one day, once a week, and then you play next week."

The Championship round begins Saturday at 11am at Kapiolani park.