You can now donate via Venmo!


Mahalo to our many sponsors:

Honoka‘a Western Week is a volunteer-driven project supported by the Honoka‘a Business Association, Hāmākua Kohala Health Center, Ko Education Center, Honoka‘a Hongwanji, Hāmākua Youth Center, Hāmākua Harvest, Friends of the Honoka‘a Public Library, Honoka‘a Heritage Center, Kahilu Theatre, Paradise Beverages and Coca-Cola, Pa`auilo Feed Store and many other sponsors and supporters…


Special Thanks to:

  • Honoka`a Business Association
  • Honoka`a Western Week Committee
  • The County of Hawaii
  • The Historic Honoka`a Town Project
  • Honoka`a Heritage Center
  • Coca-Cola & Paradise Beverages
  • Hamakua Youth Center
  • First Hawaiian Bank
  • SCADA & Control Systems
  • Sarah Anderson Photography
  • Ko Education Center
  • Big Island Grown
  • Pa`auilo Feed Store
  • Friends of the Honokaa Public Library
  • Hamakua-Kohala Health Center
  • Honoka`a Hongwanji
  • Malama Market
  • Andrade’s Honoka`a Café
  • Hamakua Harvest
  • Ka Hale O Na Keiki Preschool
  • Convenience Plus
  • Illuminations
  • PAU Restaurant
  • Grace Flowers Hawai`i
  • Honoka`a Country Market
  • Gramma’s Kitchen
  • Big Island Music Magazine
  • Hawaii Songwriting Festival
  • Kahilu Theatre

Thanks to Honokaa Western Week Committee Members:

  • Michelle Hartman
  • Larry Ignacio
  • Sarah Anderson
  • Myrna Green
  • Mallion
  • Marian Maxwell
  • Manny Souza
  • Marysue Joyce
  • Catherine Tarleton
  • Kai Gacayan
  • Kalehua Kukahiko
  • Desiree Ashley
  • Brad Bordessa
  • Sean Dunnington
  • Noelani Anderson
  • Brianna Ronayne

Thanks to the Photo Stop Artists

  • Tom Mehau
  • Melissa Chimera
  • Lane Yanagisawa and Students
  • Christina Culligan
  • Kaila Ho

Thanks to the Saloon Girls and Cownoys Got Talent Contestants

  • Mila Polevia
  • Mikiala Yardley
  • Sam Uila
  • Scott Buchholz
  • Hannah Kaplon
  • Alea Backus
  • Julie Young
  • Ryan Higgins
  • Ki Michele
  • Rachael Scott
  • Cayenne Clarke
  • James Major
  • Veda
  • Special Appearance by Jeffrey Quin

Also Special Thanks to the Judges

  • Darde Gamayo
  • Maelan Abran
  • Steve Roby
  • Chuck Gessert

Thanks to the Cowboys & Cowgirls (who Talk Story)

  • Roberta Komine
  • Waltham Johansen
  • Bernadette Johansen
  • Blue Coleman
  • Johnny Andrade
  • Billy Diaz
  • Sheriff Larry Ignacio
  • Special Appearance by Brother Noland

And Many, Many Mahalos to the Kahilu Crew

  • Promotion – Patty Bird
  • Sound – Paul Buckley
  • Lighting – Kristen Lake
  • Camera Operator – Ryan Hooley
  • Editing – Adam Palya

Food Donors for Community Chili Dinner
Double D Ranch
`Ano`ano Farms
Mother Nature’s Miracles
Hawaii Farming
Hawaiian B Organic Tomatoes
Convenience Plus
Kukahiko Ohana
Barbara L. Franklin, Esq.

Also Special Thanks to
Manny Souza and Ohana
Jennifer Souza
Sandy Barr Rivera
Eric Burkhardt
Ravi Singh
Miles Okumura
Lynn Higashi
TJ Lau
Lei lei Paolacci
Jeannette Soon-Ludes
Daniel Lambert
Alan Ku
Dave Anderson
Elise Barthel
Mitch Green


A message from the president of the Honokaʻa Business Assocciation:

March 2024


The Honokaʻa Western Week Committee, Honoka’a Business Association, Hawaiʻi Saddle Club, Hāmākua-Kohala Health Center, Hāmākua Harvest, Kō Education Center, Honoka`a Heritage Center, the Friends of the Hāmākua Libraries, and many others are very excited to bring Honokaʻa Western Week to the community again, May 18-27, 2024. Events include the ever popular Honoka`a Western Week Paniolo Parade and Block Party featuring the infamous Saloon Girls and Cowboys Got Talent Show, our Portuguese Bean Soup and Smoke Meat Contests and much more, ending with the Annual Hawaiʻi Saddle Club Scholarship Rodeo.

Trusting this year will be better than ever, our special celebration of paniolo heritage will include educational components that address the needs of school students, as well as the community as a whole.

Additionally, the inspired Honokaʻa Western Week Committee is brainstorming numerous ways to extend the spirit of HWW, including a special event for children and families, music, line-dancing and more.

As you may have already seen, publicity is gearing up for the event series, and we would love to have you be part of it. Sponsorships bring awareness and important recognition as a supporter of our island’s unique educational community and cultural events.

We are humbly asking that your organization support the Western Week Committee with a contribution in order to assist us as we help to connect the Honoka’a of today with its agricultural and paniolo past. This event gives us the opportunity to educate the community on Hāmākua’s rich history.

Your organization will be recognized during the parade, in news releases and advertising wherever possible and online via Honokaʻa Western Week on Facebook and our website. And, more benefits and upgrades are available with upscaled sponsorships.

Please let us know how you’d like to participate. Checks payable to “Honokaʻa Business Association” can be sent to
P.O. Box 474, Honokaʻa HI 96727. Or you can Venmo us @honokaabusinessassociation

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Hartman at 808-775-9777.

We look forward to seeing you at Honokaʻa Western Week!


Michelle Hartman
President, Honokaʻa Business Association