Faatui Tuitele named finalist for Polynesian High School Player of the Year

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The finalists have been announced for the Polynesian High School Football Player of the Year Award.

Hawaii is represented by Faatui Tuitele, Cover2’s Marcus Mariota Award State Player of the Year.

The senior defensive lineman for Saint Louis is coming off a state championship in November and is the number-one ranked Hawaii player in the class of 2018.

Tuitele has committed to play for the University of Washington.

Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was also one of the five finalists. Tagovailoa, the little brother of Heisman Trophy finalist Tua Tagovailoa, currently plays for Thompson High School in Alabama.

All the finalists have been selected to play in the Polynesian Bowl on Jan. 19 at Aloha Stadium.

The winner will be announced that weekend.

The other finalists are George Holani of St. John Bosco High School in California, Puka Nacua of Orem High School in Utah, and Henry Tootoo of De La Salle High School in California.

The award is given out by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.

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