If you’re in Maui for the 4th of July you may want to consider heading over to Makawao for the 59th annual Makawao Rodeo! Situated in this delightful historic country town on the slopes of the beautiful Mount Haleakala, the 2014 rodeo also marks the 49th annual Paniolo Parade.
You’ll find all the important details of the day below:
Where: the rodeo is held at Oskie Rice Arena off Olinda Rd in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. Parade is held in Makawao Town.
When: Thursday July 3rd through Sunday July 6th.
Schedule and Cost of Events
Thursday: 9am. Qualifying events all day, free admission!
Friday: Parade, 9am-11am. Free admission. Bull bash, begins at 7pm. $15 for adults.
Saturday & Sunday: 1pm. Bull riding, team roping, calf roping, bronc riding, mugging, barrel racing, and break away. Live band after rodeo on Saturday. $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and $5 for children 6 and up. Children 0-5 years old are free.
Parking is $2 at the Oskie Rice Arena. For the parade, parking is $2 at the arena and there is a free shuttle available from 7am-9am to take you back to Makawao town.
The 49th Paniolo parade is a Hawaiian Style Wild West parade, and will feature rodeo royalty, classic cars, beauty queens, music, and floats. There will even be a stick-horse race before the parade at 8:45am that is open to everybody!
Five Top Tips to Enjoy the Rodeo
1. Attend the Paniolo Parade the morning of the 4th.! 2014 marks the 49th annual Paniolo Parade that is held from 9-11 in the morning in downtown Makawao. The streets are closed down and the Hawaiian Wild West parade features beauty queens, rodeo royalty, classic cars, music, and floats. It is free admission and free shuttling to and from parking areas!
2. Arrive early! Parking at the Oskie Rice Arena is free, which means it will be difficult to find parking if you show up late. The Bull Bash starts at 7pm on Friday evening and main events begin at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday. So, try and get there early. Early means easy parking and choice of the best seats at the arena!
3. Bring cash! There is a wide choice of food vendors at the arena and many of them only accept cash. You’ll want to indulge in some local eats, so bringing some extra cash is recommended.
4. Wear sunscreen. Protect your skin from the strong Hawaiian sun and wear some sunscreen! You’ll get carried away in all the fun events, so slather your skin with high SPF sunscreen before you arrive and be sure to reapply later in the day!
5. Have an umbrella ready in your car. Hawaii rain, especially upcountry, can be unpredictable and fast moving, so have an umbrella at the ready just in case!
Enjoy! Oh, and when you’re at the rodeo, be sure to Tweet us with a picture showing how much fun you’re having!