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Sheila Heathcote has lived in Hawaii since 1986. She's a published author on the topic of Kauai and the owner of Hale O Nanakai Bed & Breakfast.

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The Waimea Town Celebration: Rodeo, Races, Music, Crafts & Beer

Waimea Town, Kauai is the island's most ancient settlement and a capital from ancient Hawaiian days. Its history encompasses the turbulence of post European contact starting with the first landing in Hawaii of Captain James Cook on his extraordinary voyages of discovery in the Pacific, fur and sandalwood traders, to a dramatic stand-off of King Kamehameha superior forces by Kauai's King Kaumualii that lasted decades, Russian empire builders, to whalers and missionaries, and then to the growth of 19th century agricultural pursuits in rice, cattle and sugarcane bringing people from many nations … Asia, Europe and the United States. They all passed through and made Waimea a port-of-call. 

34th Annual Waimea Town Celebration happens on Friday & Saturday, February 25 & 26, 2011

 Continuous island entertainment with loads of food, craft & game booths, beer garden, contests and lots of sporting events. At the Old Waimea Sugar Mill, the fun starts on Friday at 4:30pm and on Saturday at 10 am. Free entertainment until 11 pm, both nights. Saturday events include a fun run, canoe race, rodeo, ukulele contest, ice cream eating contest. Check out the lei contest and cultural demonstrations at the West Kaua'i Visitor Center Friday & Saturday. More information can be obtained by calling the Waimea Visitor Center at (808) 338-1332 or PR Chris Faye (808) 337-1005. 

Mountain Ball Tournament Friday, Saturday & Sunday February 25-27

Great play starting at 6pm Friday at the Waimea Athletic Field on the corner of Huakai and Hwy 50. Action resumes at 8am on Saturday & Sunday at Waimea Athletic Field and H.P. Faye Park in Kekaha. No admission for spectators.

 34th Annual Captain Cook Caper Fun Run Saturday, Feb 2610, 5, & 2k Run with a start time of 7am, Saturday morning. (Pre-Registration available at information booth near the stage area Friday night between 4:30 & 10:00 pm. ~ Late registration at 5:30am Saturday at the Waimea Plantation Cottages) Shuttle service to start lines from Waimea Plantation Cottages. Last bus leaves at 6:15 am so be there well in advance to check-in/or register for the race. Race takes place on the Hwy with the start line for 10k race at the Navy Housing Gate, 5k at Kekaha Neighborhood Center, and the 2k at Kikiaola Boat Harbor entrance. Entry fee includes t-shirt. Hosted by the Waimea High School Track Team. Free for spectators.

 Kilohana Long Distance Canoe Race - Due to scheduling problems, the Kilohana Canoe Race is being held one week early this year, on Sat, Feb 19th

 Traditional Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe Racing along the Waimea shoreline. One of the signature events of the WTC and the first event of the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association season. Start times for the races Saturday morning - 9am for women, 10:30 am for men. Finished around 11:30. Visible from the shore at Waimea near the Pier. Race course determined by ocean conditions that morning. 

14th Annual Ukulele Contest Saturday, Feb 26, 2011

Amateur strummers show their stuff with Hawai'i's favorite stringed instrument on the main stage at the Waimea Town Celebration. Starts at 1 pm. Grand Prize includes a brand new Ukulele! Sign up at the information booth Saturday. Sponsored by Scotty's Music.

12th Annual First Hawaiian Bank Hat Lei Contest Friday & Saturday, Feb 25 & 26, 2011

Creativity reigns as children and adults show off their lei contest entries exhibited Friday from noon to 9pm and Saturday, 9am-3:30pm at the West Kaua'i Technology & Visitor Center. Awards ceremony at 3:30pm Saturday.  Entry forms for lei contest available at the Visitor Center. Event sponsored by First Hawaiian Bank, Kaua'i Economic Development Board, County of Kaua'i and the West Kaua'i Business & Professional Association.

11th Annual Waimea Round-Up Rodeo Friday & Saturday February 25 & 26, 2011

Events take place behind the old Waimea Dairy (between Waimea & Kekaha, look for signs makai off the highway). Friday Slack / Elimination Roping from 2pm (no admission this day only) until dark.

Saturday Grand entry and flag ceremony with recognition of the Hall of Fame Cowboys starts at noon and features many of our revered paniolo. Fun events from Steer Roping and Po'owaiu to Barrel Racing. Refreshments available. Bring sunscreens, hats and enjoy the family fun for the afternoon. Admission is $3.00 / under 12 free to benefit the Kaua'i Keiki & High School Rodeo Association.

12th Annual Lappert's Ice Cream Eating Contest Saturday, Feb 26, 2011

  Age groups from young to old compete vie for the title of the fastest ice cream eaters in the west in front of the Waimea Town Celebration Stage starting at noon. Sign up at 11:00 am next to WKBPA Stage on Saturday. Limited seating in each category. Contest starts about noon

 For more info contact: Mark Nellis Phone: (808) 651-3368, or go to: http://www.wkbpa.org/events.html