Honolulu Polo Club Fields to See Action in September

31 Aug, 2017

Polo Invitational to Showcase Sport

According to an article in the L.A. Times, surfing isn’t the only sport with a history in Hawaii. Polo has been around on the islands since the 1880s. Next month, world-class polo returns to Oahu with the Hawaii Invitational of Polo.

The event is set for Sept. 16 at the Honolulu Polo Club’s fields in Waimanalo, a town on the eastern side of the island, about 15 miles from Waikiki.

The competition, similar to field hockey but played on horseback, will be held from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. It will feature professional polo players from around the globe.

Cartier and the Kahala Hotel & Resort are sponsors of the event. Guests are encouraged to dress in their finery, just as they would for world-class polo matches such as the Queen’s Cup in Britain and the Dubai Gold Cup.

Tickets range from $25 for lawn seating to $250 for the VIP treatment.

The Hawaii Polo Club’s website notes that polo was introduced to the archipelago by an Australian cowboy who lived in India and had played the sport there. Hawaii’s cowboys, the paniolo, quickly embraced the game.

Polo is played nearly year-round in the islands. There are clubs on Maui and Kauai as well.

The Hawaii International Polo Association's website can be found here.

A link to the article as it appeared in the original publication can be found here.


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