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July 21, 2016 (HONOLULU, HI)


The two-day festival kicks-off with a concert featuring Willie K. and culminates with arch rivals Tonga and Samoa playing on Aloha Stadium’s new turf

July 21, 2016 (HONOLULU, HI) – Don’t miss the 2016 Western Union Ohana Cup, A Rugby League Festival at Aloha Stadium on Friday and Saturday, August 19 - 20, 2016, presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The two-day event begins with a Polynesian Cultural Festival and a not-to-be missed pre-game concert featuring Willie K., Kapena, Nesian Nine and Josh Tatofi. This will be followed-up by non-stop International Rugby League action with Team Tonga battling Samoa, Fiji taking on Canada and the New South Wales (Australia) Police going up against Oahu’s own Hawaii Chiefs.

Day - 1 (Friday, August 19, 2016)

4:00 p.m. - Gates Open

5:00 p.m. - Prayer and Team Recognition

5:30 p.m. - Tahitian Drumming and Dance Ensemble

5:45 p.m. - Samoan and Tongan Performers

6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.- Kapena

7:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Fijian Dance Ensemble

7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Josh Tatofi / Hawaiian Halau

8:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Nesian Nine

9:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. - Willie K.

Day - 2 (Saturday, August 20, 2016)

2:30 p.m. - Gates Open

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - National Anthems (All Six Nations plus Hawaii Pono'i)

4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - New South Wales Police vs. Hawaii Chiefs

6:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. - Canada vs. Fiji

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Tonga vs. Samoa

The sixth annual Western Union Ohana Cup, A Rugby League Festival is a Grand Pacific Events production and is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Western Union and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

In addition, a portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture, and Health) an initiative created by Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

ESPN 1420 AM will again broadcast live the main slate of games on August 20, 2016 as well as streaming live audio of each of the matches via their website at:

Tickets for the concert and the game are on sale at the Aloha Stadium box office. Ticket prices are as follows: TWO DAY PASSES: $40 (Includes General Admission to concert and Game) SINGLE EVENT TICKETS:  Adults - $25, Military (with ID) - $20 and Keiki (under 12 years old) - $15. There is no charge for Keiki ages 5 and under.  Tickets will also be available at most Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) offices on military bases across the island

For more information about the schedule of events please log onto or charge your tickets by phone at 808-483-7123.

For additional information please contact Kelly McGill at (808) 392-8454; by email at or

About Western Union

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of March 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks. In 2014, The Western Union Company completed 255 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $85 billion of principal between consumers, and 484 million business payments. For more information, visit

About Hawaii Tourism Authority

Established in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is the lead state agency for tourism. Among its responsibilities, the HTA’s is charged with: (1) Setting tourism policy and direction with the goal of contributing to the ongoing, sustainable growth of Hawaii’s economy (2) Developing and implementing the State’s tourism marketing plan and efforts (3) Managing programs and activities to sustain a healthy visitor industry (4) Developing and implementing the Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan (5) Coordinating tourism-related research, planning, promotional and outreach activities with the public and private sectors. For more information, visit:

About R.E.A.C.H.

Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health (R.E.A.C.H.) is an initiative of the Office of Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui (OLG) working in collaboration with the Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) and the Office of Youth Services (OYS) within the Hawaii State Department of Human Services.

The purpose of this statewide initiative is to provide an organizational framework and a funding base for public schools to offer after-school programs for middle and intermediate school students so they can stay on track toward high school graduation and be better prepared for future success. The after-school programs offer instruction and activities from three general areas: academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics. For more information, visit:

About Grand Pacific Events

Grand Pacific Events (GPE) creates sporting opportunities for international rugby competition in Hawaii in addition to providing venues and occasions for enthusiasts to watch the sport live and in person. GPE specializes in the management, logistics and promotion of Premier Rugby events in Hawaii. For more information please contact Kelly McGill at (808) 392-8454; by email at or Facebook at

PDF Version - 2016 Western Union Ohana Cup Press Release #1 (General Information)