Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy’s ‘Ohana Association invites families, kids of all ages, and the entire Big Island community to its 19th Annual Pumpkin Patch Festival on Sunday, October 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This fun-filled festival, located on HPA’s Upper Campus at the corner of Kohala Mountain Road and Kawaihae Road in Waimea, continues to be one of the favorite events of the year for Big Island families with thousands gathering to enjoy this community tradition. With free entry and parking, this year’s event features a huge pumpkin patch with more than 500 pumpkins, games and prizes, food booths, a silent auction, and great live entertainment.
Adults will be amazed at the silent auction, which will include special trips, gift items, fabulous collectibles, rounds of golf, fine dining, resort stays, island adventures, a variety of art, gift baskets, and much more.
Exciting live, free entertainment will be featured throughout the day. Spectators will enjoy performances by Hawaiians Unlimited, Honoka’a High School Jazz Band, Pacific Rhythm, and the Beamer Solomon Halau, just to name a few. Na Hoku Hanohano award winner Ryan Hiraoka (aka RSP) will be joining the fun this year and there will also be an extra special, surprise performance at noon—don’t miss it!
Games and activities are sure to provide lots of fun for all ages, toddler to teen. Sure favorites are the climbing wall, party bouncers, horseback rides, fishing booth, face painting, dunking booth, train rides, haunted house, and much more. This year, an added feature is the Lele-kine Bungee Trampoline, which is sure to be a sensation.
Food booths will be plentiful, including hamburgers, ribs, hot dogs, Caesar salad, nachos, cotton candy, popcorn, and a whole lot more. Local favorites like lau lau, shoyu chicken, musubi, and Braddah Pops will also be available. New this year, the Ka Makani football team is hosting a chili cook-off with several renowned, local chefs participating. Come taste some chili and vote for your favorite. A beautiful farmer’s market and yummy bake sale are always a hit. There will be lots of drinks, ice cream and shave ice to keep everyone cool throughout the day.
Once again, this year’s event will host several non-profit community organizations. Come see what a wonderful job these hard-working groups are doing and find out how you can help. The local food bank will be attending if you would like to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a family in need.
Come, pick a pumpkin, play some games, check out the local talent, enjoy ono grinds, and have some fun! See you at the Pumpkin Patch!