Waimea town throws westside bash with a Hawaiian twist

WAIMEA – Waimea Town will throws a community-style party with a Hawaiian twist

Friday, Feb. 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. Both

nights go until 11 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to attend this small town

event that is “anything but small.”

Eagerly anticipated each year, the

Waimea Town Celebration reflects the community’s plantation heritage with

activities and entertainment organized to appeal to all ages.

With decades

of tradition, sporting events are a major part of the event.

Visitors and

residents can participate in the annual Captain Cook Caper 2, 5, 10K Runs on

Saturday (entry forms are available Friday night) or make a day of it watching

canoe races from the beach and enjoyihngthe Paniolo (Hawaiian Cowboy)

Challenge.

The celebration site, fronting the old Waimea Sugar mill, hosts

continuous island entertainment, food booths, the Coors Beer Garden, games, and

craft and product booths.

There is no admission charge for

spectators.

Saturday’s events include the 23rd annual Captain Cook Caper,

2, 5, and 10k Run starting at 7 a.m. The Kilohana Long Distance Outrigger Canoe

Race begins the race season at 9 a.m. The 1.5 Mile Rough Water Swim at Salt

Pond Beach Park Pavilion is at 8 a.m. And the Paniolo Challenge gets going at

11 a.m. with tests of skill for island cowboys and cowgirls.

Men’s

Slowpitch Softball Tournament starts late afternoon on Friday and continues

into the evening and starts up again on Saturday at the Waimea Athletic Field.

Cultural events include the 3rd Annual Ukulele Competition on the stage at

12:30 p.m. and the First Hawaiian Bank sponsored Haku Lei Contest at the West

Kauai Technology & Visitors Center.

The Waimea Town Celebration is

sponsored since 1976 by West Kaua’i Business & Professional Association

(WKBPA). Major sponsors are Paradise Beverages, Aloha Airlines, County of

Kauai, Kaua’i Visitors Bureau, Kikiaola Land Co., Thrifty Car Rental,

TransHawaiian, Waimea Plantation Cottages, Kiahuna Plantation, Big Save,

Ishihara Market, Pacific Missile Range Facility, Malama Rentals, Kaua’i

Veterans Memorial Hospital and many small businesses.

The event is

dedicated to providing nonprofit community organizations and clubs with the

opportunity for necessary fundraising, while promoting community unity and

economic development. Profits go towards community projects sponsored by WKBPA

including park improvements, the Waimea Theatre restoration project, and the

West Kaua’i Main street program. Check out the new West Kauai Main Street

Hotline 338-9975.

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