HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some of the best high school football players from across the nation are arriving on Oahu this weekend ahead of the 2020 Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
But bowl officials were left scrambling after valuable items went missing: The athletes’ practice jerseys.
A Polynesian Bowl official told Hawaii News Now about 110 practice jerseys were taken to a Halawa shop to have numbers embroidered on them. About half of the jerseys were black, the other half white.
When a bowl representative went to pick up the jerseys, the shop said someone had already picked them up. But no one from the organization did.
That prompted bowl officials to contact police and file a report for the missing jerseys. Police initially classified the case as theft.
Hours after Hawaii News Now posted the story, a caller who had the jerseys said it was all a big misunderstanding and they tried to return the jerseys as soon as the mistake was discovered, but the shop was closed.
Calls to the shop for additional comment went unanswered Saturday.
Hawaii News Now was able to connect bowl officials with the caller who had the missing jerseys.
“We’re so glad that we got our Adidas jerseys back,” Coach Rich Miano of the Polynesian Bowl said. “This has been an honest mistake and we at the Polynesian Bowl was hoping that the good people of Hawaii (would) come through, in the clutch, and we’re really excited about showcasing the greatest level of talent in high school football for the Polynesian Bowl.”
Bowl-related events begin Monday. The game will be broadcast live on Saturday, Jan. 18 from Aloha Stadium.
Miano says fans can expect an exciting, fast-action bowl game.
“I think this is a great opportunity to show the nation that our Hawaii high school football players can compete with the best in the nation,” he added.
For more information on the 2020 Polynesian Bowl, click here.