Polo Life in Hawaii

Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2018 by Brittany Anderson

Polo players are gearing up for the 2018 Hawaii polo season throughout Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui. Since the 1880s polo, the oldest team sport in the world, has been a popular spectator sport on the Hawaiian Islands. King Kalakaua favored horse games so much he turned Kapiolani Park in Oahu into a polo field and racetrack. Today, novice and elite professional polo players enjoy Hawaii’s beautiful polo fields along with the growing number of spectators.

 

Oahu Polo

Oahu’s polo season begins April 15th at the Hawaii Polo Club in Mokuleia on the gorgeous North Shore of Oahu. The oceanside polo field is a unique experience for all in attendance. Want to learn how to play polo? Try polo lessons! No previous horseback riding experience is needed, but it sure couldn’t hurt.

Honolulu Polo Club season opener is at the end of May with their season running from May through October. This club’s home field is in Waimanalo at the base of the deeply ridged Koolau Mountains. For over 30 years the Honolulu Polo Club has been wowing the windward side with amateur and USPA sanctioned games. 

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Image Courtesy of Hawaii Polo Club

 

Maui Polo

Maui Polo Club was started in 1887 and is one of the most respected polo clubs in the Pacific Basin. Polo matches take place on the slopes of Haleakala in the Pukalani/Makawao area April through June at the Manduke Baldwin Polo Arena and August through November at the Kaonoulu Ranch field. Gates usually open around 11am-noon for the Junior Polo events and adult games begin around 1:30 pm. Maui Polo Club games are fun for the whole family, with an emphasis on tailgating.

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Photo Courtesy of Maui Polo Club

Hawaii Island Polo 

Mauna Kea Polo Club plays at the gorgeous Waiki'i Ranch Polo Field located on the Waimea side of Saddle Road within the prestigious gated community of Waiki'i Ranch. Hawaii Island polo season runs from October 1- December 17, games are held each Sunday starting with the amateur team followed by the club team. Waiki'i Ranch is a cooler climate so be sure to bring a sweater to the field! Halftime divot stomping is a family affair, and you can even test your skills on a wooden pony.

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Photo Courtesy of Mauna Kea Polo Club

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