Henderson's Pacific Islander Festival gets roped into cowboy culture

Henderson's Pacific Islander Festival gets roped into cowboy culture

By Dyuce Woodson. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

The City of Henderson will partner with the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club to present the 24th annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho'olaule'a Festival. 

The event, which celebrates Hawaiian and Pacific Islander culture, will take place on Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Henderson Events Plaza located at 200 Water Street and the Water Street District. Admission is free. 

This year's event will combine the paniolo or cowboy culture; celebrating Hawaii's cowboys who have been wrangling cattle in Hawaii's ranchlands for more than 100 years. 

Their contributions to island culture will be celebrated with pony rides, a paniolo outfit and lei contest and ukulele music performed by award-winning Hawaiian and country music singer Melveen Leed. 

In addition, the event will also feature traditional island food and entertainment, demonstrations and specialty vendors. New attractions include a career and health fair and an 808 car and truck show. 

Proceeds from this year's festival benefit the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club's Founders Scholarship Fund. 

For more information, visit hendersonlive.com or call the City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts and Tourism at (702) 267-2171.