From the North Shore polo scene, we take you to Oahu’s east side for more Hawaiian-style polo!
Every Sunday from June to October, the Waimanalo polo field gets hopping with horses, or polo ponies, as they’re traditionally called. The Honolulu Polo Club has been hosting matches since 1987 on this beautiful 27-acre field at the base of the Koolau Mountain range. And yes, it is a huge field; lets just say it’s equivalent to the size of nine football fields put together!
The field is conveniently located across from Bellows Beach, so you could go for a swim in the morning and then go for some polo in the afternoon. Matches start at 3 p.m., but gates open at 1 p.m. for tailgating. There’s the traditional white, wooden bleachers to view all the action from. Don’t forget your fancy hats.
It’s nice that both the North Shore and Waimanalo polo seasons are back-to-back. The North Shore season starts in the spring and ends in the summer, right in time for the beginning of the Waimanalo polo season. It seems the North Shore matches, played in Mokuleia, are more popular than the Waimanalo ones, though. Either way, Hawaiian-style polo is a real treat for our visitors.
If you’re like me, and do not fully understand the game of polo, visit the Honolulu Polo Club’s website for a 101 on polo. They do a good job in briefly breaking it down for you. As a side note, the club used to be called Waimanalo Polo Club but changed its name to the Honolulu Polo Club in the 90s. See you at the field!
• 41-1062 Kalanianaole Hwy., Waimanalo, HI 96795 • Every Sunday (June to Oct), 3 p.m.; Gates open at 1 p.m. • Admission: $5 General, FREE children under 12 and military • www.honolulupoloclub.com • 808-284-5144
Posted by: Bruce Fisher