HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It was a very special afternoon at Shriners Hospital as members of the Polynesian Bowl took the opportunity to spend some time with some kids who are a lot less fortunate.
Nearly 100 players took a break from the gridiron today and spent about an hour with kids who reminded many of the teenagers on hand don’t take anything for granted.
Puka Nacua is a senior from Las Vegas and felt that he got more out of today’s visit than the kids.
“It’s a cool experience I have been given so much in my life,” Nacua said. “It’s a great feeling to see the smiles on these kids faces when your able to help them out and give them a little bright spot in their day everyone needs those.”
11-year-old R.J Eram was one of the keiki on hand, who got to spend the day playing catch with some of high school football’s biggest stars.
“It felt really good for me first time meeting the Polynesian football players,” Eram said. “I’m just really, really happy."
Defensive end Stephen Herron has spent most of his time in Hawaii on the football field but is grateful the Polynesian bowl has given him the opportunity to put some of it back in the community.
“You really don’t think your going to come here come to Hawaii and really consider any of your time is going toward kids at the Shriners hospital," Herron said. "So its great to be able to come here and give them that time.”
The afternoon ended with hugs and a Haka that left smiles on the faces of kids who won’t forget this day for quite some time.
The 2019 Polynesian Bowl takes place Saturday at Aloha Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. HT and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.