The 2002 ConAgra FoodsHawaii Bowl was the inaugural Hawaii Bowl game and matched the hometown Hawaii Warriors with the Tulane Green Wave. Hawaii came into the game 10-2 and Tulane came into the game 6-5.
Hawaii opened the scoring with a 1-yard Thero Mitchell touchdown, to lead the game 7-0. In the second quarter, Josh Galeai scored on a 2-yard touchdown run giving the Warriors a 14-0 lead. Seth Marler kicked field goals from 22 and 37 yards before the end of the first half to cut the lead to 14-6. In the third quarter, Lynaris Elpheage scored on a 60-yard punt return to cut the lead to 14-12. Tulane went for two but failed, and the score remained 14-12 Hawaii.
Later, Tulane quarterback J.P. Losman scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak. He ran in the two-point conversion, giving Tulane a 20-14 lead. Mewelde Moore later scored on a 25-yard touchdown run for Tulane. Tulane went for two again, but were denied, leaving the score 26-14 Tulane. Shawn Withy-Allen, subbing for an injured Timmy Chang, threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Justin Colbert in the third quarter to cut the lead to 26-21.
J.P. Losman scored on a 3-yard rushing touchdown. He then threw a pass to Damarcus Davis for the two-point conversion and a 34-21 lead. Wide receiver Justin Colbert caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Withy-Allen to cut the lead to 34-28. On Hawaii's next drive, Withy-Allen was sacked in the end zone for a safety, making the final margin 36-28.