Western Week 2019-Paniolo Parade and Block Party
At 4:00 pm spectators in western wear will line Mamane Street to watch a cavalcade of colorful horseback units, including the Hawaiʻi Saddle Club, local clubs and bands and a whole lot more as the Parade begins!
Then, as the Parade rides off into the sunset, Honokaʻa’s famous Block Party continues in earnest. Thousands of folks come out to enjoy the country style music, ‘ono food booths and trucks, vendors, Silent Auction, and dancing in the streets.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 18.4-5 p.m. WESTERN WEEK PARADE! Mamane Street will be closed from 2-11 p.m. For more information,
3-10 p.m. Block Party. A celebration of great foods and a whole lot more. Interested vendors, please
Contests. Contestants vie for cash prizes when they release their inter superstar and share it with the
crowd. Entry forms available online: sites.google.com/site/honokaahiwesternweek/saloon-girl-
Productions Band, Willie Joe Camara and Damien Demello. Treasures and bargains at the Silent
Sunday, May 19, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Hāmākua Harvest 4 th Annual Farm Festival. A great partner event for
Western Week, with Hawaiian blessing and hula, all day entertainment, ag education and food to take
home and fix - or eat on the spot. For more information, visit hamakuaharvest.org/
Monday, May 20, 5-6:30 p.m. Kukaiau Ranch Talk Story with Music, at Honoka‘a Library. Attendees
will hear stories about cowboy life on Kukaiau Ranch by folks who were there. The Library will be
sponsoring a day jam-packed with things, beginning at 11 a.m., including family/community-friendly
outdoor activities and games. Highlights are the “Chalk Story” (family histories/stories chalked onto
sidewalk panels), make-your-own bolo ties, a paniolo-themed “photo booth” and guided paniolo-
themed painting (ages 16+), plus various rootin’ tootin’ games!
Tuesday, May 21, 3-5-p.m. Stick Horse Creation, at the NHERC Pavilion. Keiki construct their own
horses for for the Stick Horse Races on Thursday, and it’s free! Call Mahealani at 775-0976 for more
Wednesday, May 22, 5-7 p.m., Portuguese Bean Soup & Sweetbread Contest, at the NHERC Pavilion.
forms online: sites.google.com/site/honokaahiwesternweek/portuguese-bean-soup-contest
Thursday, May 23, 4-6 p.m., Keiki Cowboy Games and Stick Horse Races, at the Rose Andrade-Correia
Friday, May 24: 5 p.m. Western Week Movie Night, a unique documentary film by Steve Roby at
Honoka‘a Peoples’ Theatre, followed by the new Western Fashion Show at 6 p.m., and Line Dancing, 7-
May 25-27.63rd Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo, at the Rose Andrade-Correia Stadium,
noon till pau. Saturday is “slack”, the qualifying events, and the finals begin at noon on Sunday and
Monday the 26th and 27th. Tickets available from Rodeo Queen contestants or at the gate.
Honoka‘a Western Week, rides into town May 18-27, 2019, celebrating
the community’s paniolo heritage with a whole passel of activities. The week long event is a roundup of
food, music, dancing, storytelling, kids’ activities, and Hāmākua’s special breed of cowboy culture.
Grand Marshall this year is Honokaa’s Ambassador of Aloha Richard Tadio, and there will be a special
tribute to the late Uncle William Andrade.
New this year, Western Week kicks off on Saturday, May 18 with the Paniolo Parade and Block Party,
when Mamane Street closes to cars and opens for horses, fun, Silent Auction, and dancing in the street.
The signature event draws thousands of folks from near and far to enjoy the colorful parade, Saloon
Girls and Cowboys Got Talent contests, great food, and boot-stompin’ music by Willie Joe Camara and
Except for a nominal charge for rodeo admission, events are free, and the public is encouraged to
participate. For the little cowpokes, there’s a free workshop on Tuesday to help them make their own
stick horses for the races on Thursday. Moms, grammas, uncles and aunties who love to cook are
invited to enter the Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest on Wednesday, and the whole
family can enjoy multiple events for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages at the 63 rd Annual Hawai‘i Saddle
Club Scholarship Rodeo, May 25-27.
Commemorative HWW buttons will be available to purchase as a 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 Kohala Health, North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center (NHERC), Councilwoman
Valerie Poindexter, Steinlager, and many other sponsors and supporters 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 and entry
forms for all events, follow Honoka‘a Western Week on Facebook or visit www.honokaawesternweek.org .
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