Honokaa Western Week is always an exciting time for the town of Honokaa located on the Big Island’s Hamakua Coast. Western Week has a long history of hosting cowboys and cowgirls from all over the state who participate in the annual rodeo and the traditional parade that precedes it. In recent years, Western Week has expanded out to include a full week of activities with the parade, block party and rodeo being the major highlights.
Honokaa Western Week starts on May 20 and runs through the Memorial Day Weekend May 27 – 29.
The event schedule from the Facebook site:
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.
All week, 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. 2nd Annual Farm Festival at Hāmākua Harvest, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. All-day entertainment, dozens of vendors and food booths, educational presentations, silent auction, keiki activities and more. Located at the intersection of Māmāne Street and Highway 19 in Honoka‘a. No charge for admission.
Monday, May 22. Portuguese Bean Soup and Sweetbread Contest. Time and place TBA.
Tuesday, May 23. Stick horse creation at Hāmākua Youth Center, 3-5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24. Line Dancing at Honoka‘a People’s Theatre, 6-9 p.m.
Thursday, May 25. Historic Honoka‘a Town Talk Story at Honoka‘a Library, 4 p.m., featuring Ross Stephenson, author of “Honoka’a Town,” and led by HWW Sheriff Larry Ignacio. Also Thursday, a “Rowdy Rodeo” at The Landing restaurant.
Friday, May 26.
4 p.m., Paniolo Parade down Māmāne Street, with mounted and marching units, pā‘ū riders, gleaming vintage cars and more.
5 p.m., Stick Horse races
6 p.m. Saloon Girls and Cowboys Got Talent Contest
7-10 p.m., Great music and dancing in the Streets. Plus, a free “Keiki Corral” for the kids from 5-7 p.m., with carnival-style games, silent auction and more. Vendors interested in booth space for the Block Party may email firstname.lastname@example.org, or download forms from the website.
Sunday-Monday, May 28-29. 61st Annual Hawai‘i Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo. For more information, contact email@example.com.
West Hawaii Today, May 16, 2017
From hoedown to hootenanny: Honokaa Western Week will dish up line dance, farm fest and Portuguese bean soup contest
HONOKAA — Honokaa Western Week starts down on a farm and ends with a rodeo, beginning this Sunday through May 29. The now-legendary Paniolo Parade &Block Party on Friday may be the biggest parts of the celebration, but a week filled with activities and events promise to be memorable.