Parker Ranch honors Alex Akau at July 4th Rodeo

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Parker Ranch will celebrate their 51st Annual July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea.

In keeping with its tradition, Parker Ranch is honoring someone who embodies the core mission of the Trust with continuing contributions to our island community. We are proud to honor Mr. Alex Akau.

Uncle Alex (as many know him) lives by kokua and is always kind and generous to everyone around him, but enjoys working under the radar while wearing a cloak of humility so others can prosper.

One of Uncle Alex’s most notable achievements is co-founder of the Aloha Festivals Paniolo Parade and Poke Contest. Join us as we honor another one of Hawaii’s unsung heroes.

Fast paced rodeo action begins shortly after the 9:00 a.m. grand entry parade and continues non- stop until 12 noon. The line-up of rodeo events, featuring Parker Ranch cowboys joined by paniolo from ranches all around the Big Island, is full of excitement. Spectators enjoy thrilling horse races, ribbon mugging, ranch mugging, team roping, the unique-to-Hawai‘i Po‘o Wai U and more.

The Parker Ranch July 4th rodeo provides an opportunity to see Hawai‘i’s cowboys in action while enjoying local food, keiki (children) activities with the “kids favorite,” pony rides, and a petting zoo. For those who enjoy having a memento, Parker Ranch commemorative logo items will be conveniently available at the arena at the Parker Ranch Store booth.

Tickets for the Thursday July 4th event are $5 per person in advance or $6 at the gate. Presale tickets are on sale now at the Parker Ranch Store in the Parker Ranch Center, Waimea. Children 10 and under are free. For more information, call 808-885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com.

The rodeo grounds are 37 miles by car from Kona International Airport and 57 miles from Hilo Airport on Highway 190.

Parker Ranch Inc. is a highly respected cattle ranch known for quality beef, producing ten million pounds of beef each year and ranking as the 9th largest cow-calf operation in the United States.