By Beth Hillyer
HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Local Sugar Bowl parties attracted thousands and places selling football food served up hungry fans.
One of the game announcers said the Sugarbowl is the biggest thing to hit Hawaii since statehood.
Some people who don't even like football are riding the Warrior wave.
"I never liked football, never watched it, until I came to Hawaii," said North Carolina resident Deborah Blevins. "This Hawaii football team, their hearts, their spirits, they have just worked so hard for this and so deserve it,"
People gathered local style to celebrate. They fired up the BBQ and brought out extra television sets to cheer on the Warriors.
For those planning elaborate Sugarbowl parties, only the best would do.
Mang Gorio's lechon were overwhelmed with orders for their tasty roast pig.
"Like we say to all our customers, we can't disclose what we put inside but we don't put preservatives so we sell so much," explained Anabel Cabebe.
They say their roast pork has a secret ingredient, wonder if it's sugar. They catered entire pigs to Sugar Bowl parties across Oahu.
Other fans gathered at the Sugarbowl extravaganza at the Dole Cannery ballroom where they didn't have to cook.
Creations in Catering prepared a huge spread of pupus for the main event.
"It's a beautiful place, the food is great, everything very nice," said Kalae Campbell. "I brought my family to the big party."
They gathered with family and fans and enjoyed the game on giant screens.