First Friday showcases Honolulu’s art scene. // © 2017 Oahu Visitors Bureau
Feature image (above): See top polo competitors at the 2017 Hawaii Invitational of Polo. // © 2017 Hawaii Polo Life
The best way to truly experience Oahu is by delving into its diversity — from Downtown Honolulu’s vibrant arts scene to rural ranches where paniolo (cowboy) culture continues to thrive.
“This event clearly plants our flag on the international stage of polo, just as the Sony Open has done for golf and the Triple Crown has done for surfing. The Hawaii Invitational of Polo will honor Hawaii’s paniolo culture and preserve a polo legacy for generations to come.”
— Chris Dawson, founder and CEO, Hawaii Invitational of Polo
Top competitors from across the globe will gallop into paradise for the 2017 Hawaii Invitational of Polo at Waimanalo Polo Fields on Saturday, Sept. 16.
This high-octane event celebrates Hawaii’s paniolo history dating back to the early 1880s, when polo was lauded as “The Sport of Kings” during King David Kalakaua’s reign.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort will host a Red Carpet Launch on Thursday, Sept. 14, and a Polo Awards Ceremony Brunch on Sunday, Sept. 17. Fans can catch Saturday’s matches and post-event concert from private cabanas, hospitality tents or shading umbrellas.
Tickets are available at KahalaResort.com.
Shopping: Expressive Fridays
Ecstasy for aficionados who covet mingling amid local artisans and hip crowds, First Friday (FirstFridayHawaii.com) ramps up exposure to Honolulu’s arts energy in a festive party atmosphere. Chinatown’s distinctive galleries, boutiques, cafes and eateries brim with exhibits, entertainment and a “must have” collectible or two. As the main event tapers off, neighborhood bars and clubs extend the hoopla.