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Henderson’s Annual Pacific Islander Festival Gets Roped Into Cowboy Culture
Ho’olaule’a celebration pays homage to century old Hawaiian paniolo

August 19, 2014



The city of Henderson teams up with the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club to present the 24th Annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho’olaule’a Festival. The event, which celebrates the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, is Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m-10 p.m. and Sunday, September 14 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza, 200 Water St., and the Water Street District. Admission is complimentary.

This year’s event infuses some of Hawaii’s unexpected heritage, the paniolo or cowboy. Hawaiian cowboys have been wrangling cattle in Hawaii’s ranchlands for more than 100 years when Spanish vaqueros from California were invited to the islands to teach Hawaiians how to manage cattle. Their contributions to island culture will be celebrated at this year’s Ho’olaule’a Festival with pony rides, a paniolo outfit and lei contest, ukulele music and a special performance by Melveen Leed, an award-winning Hawaiian and country singer who has performed at the Grand Ole Opry.

In addition to the cowboy tribute, the event also features traditional island food and entertainment, demonstrations and specialty vendors. New attractions include a career and health fair and an 808 car and truck show.

Proceeds from this year’s Ho’olaule’a Festival benefit the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club’s Founders Scholarship Fund.

For more information, visit or call the city of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism at 702-267-2171. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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