Fast Horses, Beautiful People. Or Vice-Versa…

Mokuleia Polo Club Open's Season: Hale'iwa's Farmers' Market Debut

Fast Horses, Beautiful People. Or Vice-Versa…

    This past weekend marked the beginning of the Hawaii Polo Club's official season, held out at Mokuleia Polo Fields on the North Shore. Through August 16th, you can spend the day sipping elegant (or not) cocktails, dressing in your Sunday’s best (you’re not obligated) and mingling with the who’s who (you’re encouraged) of O'ahu. The game is thrilling and elegant, the sun is always shining and the backdrop couldn’t be any more splendid. The only thing missing this past weekend was Julia Roberts in a big floppy hat replacing divots.

    Each and every Sunday, the Mokuleia polo ground gates will open at noon; cost is $8 per person. First match, usually featuring the women's teams, begins at 2:00 p.m., followed by a second game at approximately 4:00ish. In between "chukker" (polo's version of a period, or quarter of play),  various  entertainment ensues. This past Sunday SkyDive Hawaii landed 10 experienced jumpers on to center field before patron's very eyes. It was nothing short of spectacular.

    Patrons to the polo fields are permitted to bring their own coolers, beverages, food, blankets, chairs, dogs, babies—anything they think might help increase the chances of them having a good time. A handful of vendors: A bar, plate lunch and crepes booth, t-shirt tent‚—are open during the matches.

    Following the two games, a live band plays each week until after sundown. As the dust begins to fly, people cut loose with the polo players who often join in the fun.

    This year also marks the launch of another fantastic Sunday event: The first official year of the Hale'iwa Farmers' Market. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Kamehameha Highway and Cane Haul Road, Hawaii's first entirely "Green" farmers' market (it's solar powered) offers the islands freshest produce, hand-crafted Hawaii-made merchandise and various eats. Patrons to the market are encouraged to bring their own bags, as no vendors will offer plastics. Heck, if there's anywhere you're guaranteed a Jack Johnson sighting, this is the spot! Help support Hawaii's growers and farmers by buying locally and eating responsibly.

For information on either the Mokuleia Polo Club matches or the Hale'iwa Farmers' Market, contact Suzy Ford at 24-Seven: Suzy@24seven-theagency.com or 688-3154.

The first official year of the Hale'iwa Farmers' Market. From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Kamehameha Highway.