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Western Week kicks off in Honokaa


May 9 - Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests.

For information call Jill Mattos at 808-960-5605 or Lorie Farrell at 808-557-2780

May 19-26- Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style and visit Honoka‘a town merchants, plus join in different paniolo-theme activities every night. For information call Jeanne Keller at 808-775-0530.

Saturday, May 17 - "Hanau Ke Aliʻi," a Hula Drama by Halau Na Kipuʻupuʻu about the life of King Kamehameha 7 p.m. at Honokaʻa Peoples Theater.

Monday, May 19, 10 a.m. (subject to change) Blessing and re-opening of the newly refurbished Honokaʻa Arena

Monday, May 19. Chili Cook Off hosted by The Landing. Set up at 5 p.m., judging at 8 p.m. Prizes for first, second and third place. For rules and details, please call Evelyn Offenbaker, 430-359

Tuesday, May 20, 3-5:30 p.m. Stick Horse Workshop. Make-your-own Stick Horse for the Races, with Calley O’Neill and other island artists,at Hāmākua Youth Center.

Wednesday, May 21. Western movies at the Peoples Theater

Thursday, May 22, 5-8 p.m. Memories of Honoka‘a Western Weeks Past, and blessing of the ʻŌhiʻa Lanai to celebrate the Andrade Building’s 90th birthday

Friday, May 23 2 p.m.-

Road Closure 3 p.m.

Stick Horse Race 4 p.m.

Paniolo Parade down Mamane Street in Honoka‘a Town 5 p.m.

Block Party, Steak Fry fundraiser for Honokaʻa High School Track and Soccer Teams 6 p.m.

Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests 8 p.m.

Dancing in the Street Saturday, May 24. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo "Saturday Slack."

Rodeo tickets are $7 per person per day in advance $8 at the gate.

Sunday, May 25. 12 p.m.-pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo.

Monday, May 26. 12 p.m. -pau, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo.

Grab your favorite cowgirl and cowboy gear and head to Honokaa May 19-26 for the community’s exciting Western Week.

Catherine Tarleton, spokeswoman for the event, said the celebration is replete with activities for keiki and adults alike.

‘This event is one of those that really, truly offers something for everyone. It’s fun for mom, dad, the rowdy, dance and party fun type. There’s things for the kids, a rodeo,” she said. “I’m amazed, inspired and admire Honokaa and the community’s enthusiasm.”

Spearheaded by the Honokaa Business Association, Honokaa Western Week brings together a lively cast of characters and rich regional history for a week-long celebration.

The western-inspired week will also host a parade and a 90th birthday gala for the Andrade Building.

Today, Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi and other dignitaries will hold a blessing ceremony and re-dedication of the refurbished “Honokaa Rose Andrade Correia Arena.”

According to a press release, the new name pays tribute to the family matriarch and benefactor who donated her land to the County of Hawaii in support of the Hawaii Saddle Club and Hawaii’s paniolo. The restored arena features new covered bleachers, restrooms, concession stand and other improvements. There will be a chili cookoff at The Landing restaurant that night as well.

In addition to the Paniolo Parade, there will be a Saloon Girl Contest and a Mamane Street Block Party.

Volunteer Lorie Farrell, who is involved with the Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent contests, said she’s been a part of the community for 10 years and has seen the event grow.

“We’ve modified it several ways. We’ve tired to spread it over a week, one day, or over a weekend. Went back to the weeklong event and it seemed to have brought in more of the community,” she said.

On Tuesday, Calley O’Neill and other area artists will build do-it-yourself stick horses for Friday’s pre-parade stick horse race.

Wednesday is Western Movie Night at Honokaa People’s Theater, with a great lineup of favorite “horse operas” for all to enjoy.

The community is invited to dress up in Western attire and help celebrate the historic Andrade Building’s 90th Birthday on Thursday. Beginning at 5 p.m., the evening includes a talk story, music by the Country Lads and dancing on the “vintage” Ohia Lanai, complete with five of the original barstools. Theme refreshments include “cool sasparilla” and “hot lil’ doggies” for sale, plus custom logo mugs and stadium cups.

The main event is when the whole town turns cowboy for the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on Friday. Commemorative Honokaa Western Week buttons are available now at businesses throughout Honokaa town for only $3.

Buttons automatically enter purchasers into the block party lucky number drawing and are not required for admission to events. Participants are forewarned that anyone without a button may be subject to “arrest” by roving sheriffs and locked up in the hoosegow until bail can be arranged (all in good fun, of course).

Honokaa Western Week is a volunteer-driven project of the Honokaa Business Association, The Hamakua Farm Bureau and the Hamakua Lion’s Club celebrating Hamakua’s paniolo heritage and unique cultural blend. Sponsors include Hawaii Tourism Authority, County of Hawaii CPEP, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter and many other generous supporters.

For more information, follow Honokaa Western Week on Facebook.

Email Megan Moseley mmoseley@hawaiitribune-


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