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