Starting Thursday, July 4th and running through Sunday, July 7th is the 64th Annual Makawao Rodeo at the Oskie Rice Arena. This four day event is a favorite for locals and visitors to attend every year during the 4th of July holiday celebration.
The Makawao Parade is one of the highlights for the event. The parade will take place on Saturday, July 6th starting at 9:00 am. The parade is full of colorful floats, decorated horses, and lots of people marching along the route.
The schedule starts on July 4 with the prelims for the qualifying. On Friday the 5th, it’s BullBash. Gates will open at 4:00 pm with the show scheduled to begin at 6:30. On this day expect a beer garden and food vendors. On Saturday, July 6th, gates will open at 1:00 pm with the rodeo starting at 3:00 pm. Rodeo events include mugging, barrels, and sheep riding! On the final day Sunday, July 7th, gates will open at 10:00 am and the rodeo will begin at 12:30 pm. Sunday’s events include the finals and awards presentation.
Guests in attendance may want to bring an umbrella for shelter from various weather elements. Seating is provided by bleachers so plan accordingly.
This Sunday, May 11th, Seabury Hall will be hosting their 46th annual craft fair! The fair is scheduled from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Seabury campus located at 480 Olinda Rd., Makawao. Admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under free!
The fair is held annually in support of the schools scholarship program. This is also a great place to find a unique gift for Mother’s Day! Shoppers will find art, jewelry, and clothing items among other things. There will also be a silent auction, and a rummage sale. Live music will be playing in multiple spots throughout the campus, not to mention a very expansive food court! Kids will be happy to play on the giant waterslide, participate in games, have their face painted, and jump in the bouncy castle.
On site parking is available for $10 with free offsite parking also available. Come enjoy a wonderful day in upcountry and support the scholarship program for Seabury Hall!
Members of the upcountry community were deeply saddened at the closure of Makawao Steak House. The restaurant closed its doors Sunday after a two-year financial loss. The restaurant had been in business for more then 40 years.
Makawao Steak House was originally owned by the Eneim family. It started as a store, but was converted to a restaurant to accommodate the theater next door. The hope in the community is that whomever is the new owner will keep the Makawao Steak House tradition.
Many have taken to the Makawao Steak House Facebook page sharing memories, favorite dishes, and sending well wishes. The restaurant will be truly missed.
We Heart Makawao! Tomorrow night, Friday February 15th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the first Friday town party is being held in Makawao.
Baldwin Avenue will be closed beginning at 5:15 pm. This rain or shine event will include live entertainment, food trucks, booths will local arts and craft, plus plenty of shopping and restaurants participating!
On the main stage from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm will be Benny Uyetake. Arlie-Avery Asiu will take over from 7:15 pm to 8:45 pm. Keiki Zone will include Melissa Bruck’s face painting and Christalyne’s balloon twisting!
Free parking available in the Makawao Municipal Parking Lot, Makawao Base yard, and 2 additional lots on Brewer Road. This is a great family friendly community event!
Makawao History Museum will be hosting guided tours the first Sunday of every month through December. If after the three-month trial the tours become popular, the museum may keep them.
The tours will give participants a feel of what Makawao was like during the 1920’s-1940’s. Makawao was the center of social life for the farmers and plantation workers. Movies were only 10 cents, and friends would gather at the local barber shop for haircuts and games.
Although the buildings are now boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants, the original architectural style that makes the town so unique remains. The tours are free, however a $5 donation is suggested. Next tours will be at 10 am November 4th and December 2nd!