HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This week’s Polynesian Bowl is about much more then just football.
Players and coaches took the opportunity this afternoon to learn about the Polynesian culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's North Shore.
Many of the mainland players have spent the week embarrass a culture that has been distant to them for most of their young lives.
Devon Ellies left Hawaii when he was five years old and has spent this week immersing himself in his Samoan roots.
“I don’t really get this type of exposure to the Polynesian culture in Washington D.C.” Ellies said. "So this is a really unique experience.
Ellies is just one of many players who have either come to Hawai'i for the first time or returned after being away for many years.
Also players and coaches had the opportunity to tour the Polynesian Football hall of fame and see legends of the game who helped pave their way for this game and these players to continue to prosper.
The Polynesian Bowl will take place at Aloha Stadium this Saturday at 7:05 pm it will be shown live on CBS sports network.