Oahu's Biggest Summer Tailgate Party Rolls On

With back-to-back events in Mokuleia and Waimanalo, there's plenty of POLO to go around

Oahu's Biggest Summer Tailgate Party Rolls On

There are few things that typify the feeling of summer more so than taking in a Sunday polo match on O`ahu’s North Shore. Gentle trade winds that scoop off the aqua blue water on Mokuleia Beach; the rustling of ironwood trees that line the shore; dozens of tailgaters imbibing and BBQing at will; and the thrilling thunder of hooves as our famed Hawaii Polo Club chases down the line of the ball. If you haven’t made it out yet—it’s time.

August 8th will be your window of opportunity if you're more the once-per-season type. Dubbed “LeoFest” by event promoter Glenn Mercante, the celebration of all things astrological and polo related will come to a head on Sunday. First, the scheduled amateur’s match, which kicks off at 2:00 p.m., followed by Skydive Hawaii’s half-time show of parachuting maniacs that manage to land dead center in the polo field (hopefully avoiding anything a horse may have left behind). The big match of the day—which usually kicks off around 3:30 p.m.—features the Hawaii Club vs. India. Yes, that India.

Hawaii will welcome the Himalayan country’s top polo players who travel half-way across the globe to enjoy our ocean breezes, mai tais and aloha spirit. (The least you can do is drive from town, or better yet, hop over from a neighbor island.)

On O`ahu’s Windward side, the Honolulu Polo Club is opening the fences to the public at it’s Waimanalo polo grounds on August 22 for the prestigious Wahine Challenge Cup. The world’s best women converge on Hawai`i with mallets in hand to face off for a series of chukkers against the gorgeous backdrop of the Ko`olau mountains.

Beginning at 11:00 a.m., the all-day tailgate party and polo matches get under way, with bands playing full-tilt-boogie sets in between bouts. At 2:30 p.m. the band Green Eggs & Sam take the field, until the 4:00 p.m. match fires up. After a brief awards ceremony, Blue Light Funk will take the field, and rock whomever is still left standing, until sundown. This event is also a benefit for Therapeutic Horsemanship.

For more information visit www.HawaiiEventreport.com, hawaii-polo.org or www.honolulupolo.com

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