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Western Week 2017
Grab your favorite cowgirl and cowboy gear and mosey on down to Honoka'a town
May 21 - 29

Honoka`a’s favorite party, Western Week rides into town May 21-29, 2017, celebrating the colorful, tasty, and somewhat bodacious paniolo heritage of Hāmākua. From Portuguese Bean Soup to Stick Horse championships, line dancing and more, events lead up to the Paniolo Parade and Block Party on Mamane Street on Friday night, followed by the 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo over the weekend.
Event organizers are recruiting talent now for the Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. Men and women who love the spotlight are invited to dress up in their best boots and fancy duds, and strut their stuff in a talent and personality competition on the streetside stage. There are no entry fees, and winners receive cash prizes.
“No experience required!” said contest honcho Michelle Hartman. “The more contestants we have, the merrier it is for everybody. This is definitely not a beauty pageant, and we definitely welcome all kinds of talented people. Our past winners have been folks of all ages, shapes and sizes—singers, dancers, storytellers—it’s all about letting your hair down and having some fun with the crowd.” For more information and entry forms, call Michelle at Big Island Grown, 775-9777.
Commemorative HWW buttons will be available to purchase as show of support, as well as automatic entry in the “lucky number” drawing during the Block Party. Although buttons are not required for admission, attendees receive fair warning that those without buttons at the Block Party risk being thrown into the hoosegow by roving sheriffs. (All in good fun).
Honoka‘a Western Week is a volunteer-driven project supported by the Honoka‘a Business Association, the Hāmākua Lion’s Club, Councilwoman Valerie Poindexter, Steinlager, and others, celebrating Hāmākua’s paniolo heritage and unique cultural blend. Checks payable to “Honokaʻa Business Association” can be sent to P.O. Box 474, Honokaʻa HI 96727, attention: Honoka‘a Western Week. For more information, follow Honoka‘a Western Week on Facebook or check out the new Honoka‘a Western Week website @ www.honokaawesternweek.org
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Subject to change.
May 20. Deadline to enter Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests. For information and applications, call Michelle Hartman, 775-9777 or check out the website
May 21-29. Celebrate Honokaʻa Western Week with Honokaʻa Business Association. Everyone is invited to dress up western-style, visit Honoka‘a town merchants, and enjoy different paniolo-themed activities every night.
Sunday, May 21, 8am-3pm 2nd Annual Farm Festival @ Hamakua Harvest.
Monday, May 22, 3:00 p.m. Art Event: Make-your-own Stick Horse for the Races, at Hāmākua Youth Center (HYC). Limited to the first 30 applicants to turn in registration forms at HYC. Please call 775-0976 for more information.
Tuesday, May 23, 5-8:00 pm Portuguese Paniolo Night @ NHERC Pavillion
Wednesday, May 24. Line dancing at the Peoples Theater 6:00-9:00pm- Call 775-0000. Food Truck at R. Martin parking lot 5-9pm
Thursday, May 25, 4-6 p.m. Talk Story with author Ross Stephenson, “Honoka‘a Town,” and Leilani Hino -Cowbboy Kaona, documentary photos from 1979-1988 at the Honoka‘a Public Library. Then at 6:00, Rowdy Rodeo at the Landing Restaurant.
Friday, May 26
  • 4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Mamane Street.
  • 5pm Stick Horse Races
  • 5-10 p.m., Block Party, Steak Fry, Saloon Girl and Cowboys Got Talent Contests, Dancing in the Street. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party can download forms from the website and drop off at Big Island Grown in Honoka'a
Saturday, May 27-Monday, May 29, Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. Tickets $9 in advance $10 at the gate.