Join us this Sunday, August 18th for

The 2nd Annual
INDIA FESTIVAL

at Hawaii Polo Club
11am – 7pm

Celebrating Indian culture and Indian Independence Day including our final Silent Disco of the season.
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Team India at Hawaii Polo Club – August 6, 2017
Photo: Cecil Davis

Come cheer on Team India as it battles Team Hawaii and enjoy five-star Indian food, traditional Indian dance, Bollywood music & dhol drumming, Indian jewelry, henna tattoos, celebratory skydiver drop-in and a silent disco under the stars.


All Oceanfront
on the North Shore.

Address: Hawaii Polo Club – 68411 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI 96791

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Indian food, dance, music, jewelry, henna and more this Sunday.

Only Three Hawaii Polo Sundays Left This Season!
Enjoy it while you can!!

★★★ WHAT’S HAPPENING ★★★

★ INTERNATIONAL POLO – TEAM INDIA ★
Team India takes the field in our featured match (3:30pm), its final Hawaii competition of 2019. Dhruv Pal Godara, a 5-goal player hailed as the best in India, and his teammates will seek to one up Team Hawaii and raise the Sri Anandpur Sahib Gold Cup after both sides battled to a 4-4 draw last Sunday.

★ INDIAN DANCE & MUSIC ★
University of Hawaii associate professor of Hindi-Urdu, Sai Bhatawadekar, and her dance troupe will lead all in both traditional and contemporary Indian dances with Jerome James sharing Bollywood music and dhol drumming.

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Photos and video from the inaugural India Festival held at Hawaii Polo Club – August 2018. Photos: Cassion Photography

★ INDIAN JEWELRY and HENNA TATTOOS ★
Rainbow by the Sea jewelry boutique makes its Hawaii Polo debut bringing a wide array of pieces featuring both traditional and contemporary Indian styles all made here in Hawaii by the boutique’s designer originally from the Indian subcontinent. From earrings to key chains, bracelets to pins, there are endless ways to add Indian flare to your wardrobe. Rainbow by the Sea will also help awaken your spirit via henna tattoos.

★ TASTY INDIAN DELIGHTS / FESTIVAL FOOD / HIGH TEA ★
Some of the best Indian eats on-island along with our favorite festival food of this season and last but not least, high tea (a perfect Sunday afternoon treat and tip of the hat to English culture and its connections to polo, India and Hawaii).

  • Ke Nui Kitchen
    • Indian classics from this top Oahu caterer which has become a popular pick for Indian weddings and events:
      chicken tikka masala (marinated chicken cooked with ginger, garlic, tomato, tumeric and more); lentil & spinach dhal (a classic lentil based curry); palak paneer (fresh-made Indian cottage cheese with puréed spinach and spices). All dishes served with rice and naan.
  • Jeanne’s 5-Star High Tea Service
    • i) hot towels, ii) a pineapple-mango, pure juice aperitif, iii) tea (your choice from over 6 fine selections), iv) 3-tier stand filled with an assortment of six, premium tea sandwiches, scone with fruit curd jam and three mini-desserts and v) cold towels. Call to order in advance: (808) 389-6255.
  • North Shore Farms
    • Broke-da-mouth festival food including: pesto tomato pizza, fried green Big Wave tomatoes from Waialua and grilled Ewa sweet corn.
  • Ono-Yo
    • An ideal pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day – frozen yogurt made fresh daily in Hawaii – extremely popular and so, so good. Your choice of organic Greek yogurt or authentic Brazilian acai bowls with real fruit, additional toppings and plenty of aloha.

★ SKYDIVER DROP-INS ★
Men & women from Pacific Skydiving will help kick our India celebration into high gear at halftime…by leaping into the big blue over 10,000 feet above our field and descend directly onto it.

★ SILENT DISCO UNDER THE STARS ★
Our final silent disco of the season featuring soul / funk DJ T.Fuj from KTUH 90.1FM along with DJ Jerome James and a Cosmic Indian Playlist (three simultaneous music streams). $10 headphone rental required.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

🇮🇳 SCHEDULE 🇮🇳
11am – Gate Opens / Tailgate Kick-Off
12pm – Beach Bar Opens (bar service ’til 7pm)
1pm – Vendors Open
— Ke Nui Kitchen, Jeanne’s 5-Star High Tea Service, North Shore Farms, Ono-Yo (service ’til 6pm)
— Indian jewelry and henna by Rainbow by the Sea
2:00pm – POLO MATCH #1
3:15pm – Halftime games (attendees compete for prizes)
3:30pm – TEAM INDIA v. TEAM HAWAII
5:15pm – Champagne toast to players, teams, and fans
5:30pm – Indian music, dhol drumming and dance lead by Sai Bhatawadekar
7:00pm – Silent Disco under the Stars featuring soul / funk DJ T.Fuj from KTUH 90.1FM along with DJ Jerome James and a Cosmic Indian Playlist. $10 headphone rental required.
9:00pm – Pau

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Sodhi Vikram Singh at Hawaii Polo Club

★ INDIAN CULTURAL AMBASSADOR ★
★★ SODHI VIKRAM SINGH ★ ★
No better way to celebrate Indian culture at Hawaii Polo Club than welcoming Team India captain, Sodhi Vikram Singh, back to our grounds this Sunday. Sodhi hails from Anandpur Sahib. Located in India’s Punjab province and known as the “city of bliss,” Anandpur is revered as one of the most sacred places in Sikhism and hosts the largest annual gathering of Sikhs each spring during Hola Mohalla. Sodhi is a Sikh himself and has been a longtime ambassador of this region. He also recently dove into civic service receiving nearly 150,000 votes in Indian parliamentary elections earlier this year. With horsemanship being a central and prized aspect of Sikh culture, it’s no wonder that Sodhi is as passionate about polo as he is about his Sikh and regional traditions. We are thrilled to welcome Sodhi back to the North Shore and Hawaii Polo and extend a giant “mahalo” to Sodhi for sharing Indian polo and culture with us for ten consecutive years!

 

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A Nihang (Sikh Warrior) at Hola Mohalla in Anandpur Sahib.

Sikhnet.com sheds the following light on Sikhism: “The word Sikh means ‘disciple’ or ‘learner.’ The Sikh religion was founded in Northern India in the fifteenth century by Guru Nanak Dev Ji and is distinct from Islam and Hinduism. Sikhism is monotheistic and stresses the equality of all men and women. Sikhs believe in three basic principles; meditating on the name of God (praying), earning a living by honest means as well as sharing the fruits of one’s labor with others. Sikhism rejects caste and class systems and emphasizes service to humanity.”

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Gurudwara Shri Kesgarh Sahib in Anandpur Sahib.

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Sai Bhatawadekar at Hawaii Polo Club

★ INDIAN CULTURAL AMBASSADOR ★
★★ SAI BHATAWADEKAR ★ ★
Univ. of Hawaii associate professor, Sai Bhatawadekar, returns to Hawaii Polo with her dance troupe ready to share both Bollywood and traditional folk dances such as Bhangra, Garba and Laavni from her homeland. Raised in Mumbai, Bhatawadekar centers much of her teachings on creativity – helping students gain an understanding of Indian philosophy and culture by leading them in dance, poetry and other artistic activities. These practices combined with her multi-cultural studies (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam) have earned Bhatawadekar recognition as a leader in the positive peace movement – building self-esteem, genuine relationships and happy communities through education.

Sai Bhatawadekar, one of Hawaii’s preeminent scholars in Indian culture and performance art, takes the reins of our pau hana entertainment Sunday. Expect a fun, communal experience as she teaches all in attendance the movements and spirit of Indian dance!

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Established in 1963, the world-renowned Hawaii Polo Club, located in Mokuleia on the pristine North Shore, has provided a unique and exceptional venue for the game of kings to share the passion and lifestyle of the sport of polo, both on and off the field.

The club attracts both national and international spectators with a wide range of demographics to watch elite professional polo players competing for the prestigious tournaments that are exclusive to the Hawaii Polo Club.

Gates open at 11am. Come early to grab the best tailgating spots. For a refined afternoon, clubhouse seating is available for purchase both online and at the gate. Games start at 2pm, the band starts around 5pm and the entertainment goes on until sundown!



 

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