Mark your calendars!

The 2016 Aloha Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 27th at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Campus Center

On Saturday, February 27th, 2016 high school students from all over the state will compete in the Hawai'i Regional competition for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), called the Aloha Bowl. The winning team will represent Hawai'i in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl held in Morehead City, North Carolina, April 21-24.

This educational program was developed to stimulate interest in the ocean sciences among high school students and demonstrate to the public the importance of the oceans in our daily lives. One of the long-term goals of the program is to foster the next generation of marine scientists, educators and policy makers for the ocean sciences.

During the competition, students will be asked three types of questions: toss-up buzzer questions, bonus questions and team-challenge questions. Unlike the oral questions, the team-challenge question is written out and handed to both teams in at the completion of the first buzzer round. These questions require higher cognitive skills, often use visual aids such as charts, maps, and graphs and the students work together to earn as many points as possible, which may make the difference between winning or losing the round of competition. Question difficulty increases as the competition progresses. All of the teams will play each other in the morning round-robin rounds, with the top teams advancing to the double-elimination round. The winner of the last double-elimination round is crowned tournament champion.

Contact the Aloha Bowl Regional Coordinator, Cindy Knapman
(808) 956-7410,

Calendar of Events

Fall 2015 - Registration for 2016 Aloha Bowl

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - Day of Regional Competition, University of Hawai'i at Manoa Campus Center, 2nd floor.

April 21 - 24, 2016 - Finals in Morehead City, North Carolina      

Register a Team

For information about forming a team to compete at the Aloha Bowl, please see the NOSB website, which includes eligibility rules, and tips on forming a successful team. Then contact the regional coordinator to register your team for the Aloha Bowl.


The NOSB website has resources for teams, including study guides, practice questions, and a resource section.

The Aloha Bowl also has oceanography textbooks to loan to registered teams. Contact the regional coordinator for a list of texts available.

Become a fan of NOSB on Facebook!

Download the Aloha Bowl one page flyer HERE

Download the NOSB brochure HERE

Become Involved with Aloha Bowl!

Volunteer - We're always looking for people to help with the competition! We need all sorts of folks, science judges, moderators, timekeepers, runners, even folks to help us set up. If you are interested in learning more about the types of positions available, check out the volunteer page on the NOSB site.

Sponsor - We are also always in need of sponsors! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Aloha Bowl please contact the regional coordinator, we welcome any level of support, from snacks for our participants, prizes for competing teams, or travel support for those neighbor island teams. Many thanks for your help supporting ocean education in the state of Hawai'i!

Contact Information

Regional Coordinators

Cindy Knapman, UH Sea Grant Communications Leader
(808) 956-7410,

Heather Dudock, UH Sea Grant Multimedia Specialist
(808) 956-2415,

University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program

2525 Correa Road, HIG 208, Honolulu, HI 96822