(Waimea, Hawaii – August 18, 2015) Hawaii Horse Expo presents its first Equine Wellness Symposium September 11 – 13, 2015 at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows 
Following two days of informative symposium workshops with national and local experts presenting topics centered on horse health and conditioning, the fun begins on Sunday afternoon, September 13, at the Paniolo Hoe Down at historic Pukalani Stables in Waimea.
The celebration opens with Paniolo Preservation Society President Pono Von Holt and kahu Kimo Hoopai blessing the new wing of the Paniolo Cultural Center at Pukalani Stables. The new wing, four years and $25,000 in the making, expands the collection of historic photographs on display with special attention to Paniolo Kepani (cowboys in Hawaii of Japanese descent).
The Paniolo Hoe Down combines a sumptuous barbecue catered by The Fish & The Hog with music by the ever-popular Patio Productions starring Willie-Joe Camara and Damien DeNello. A silent auction, games and animal adoptions round out this entertaining afternoon. 
“We are thrilled to host the opening of the museum’s new wing at our Paniolo Hoe Down,” said Hawaii Horse Expo producer Nancy Jones. “Their mission to preserve and promote the heritage of the Hawaiian cowboy is noble and will be of great interest to our symposium attendees.”
Symposium workshops will take place at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows on September 11 and 12, 2015. Early bird registration closes August 20, 2015.
The cost to attend the two-day symposium and the Paniolo Hoe Down is $275 ($315 after August 20). Single day symposium rates are $125 ($140 after August 20). The cost to attend just the festivities at the Paniolo Hoe Down is $45 adults/$20 children 10-18 ($50/$25 after August 20).

Opening Ceremony for The New Wing
of The Paniolo Preservation Society Museum
Kicks Off Paniolo Hoe Down…

The Paniolo Hoe Down, a fund raising event for Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund,  offers a wonderful opportunity to be among the first to visit the New Wing of the Paniolo Preservation Society Museum.  The Grand Opening Ceremony of the New Wing will kick off the Hoe Down’s afternoon’s festivities

Four years in the planing at a cost of $25,000, this New Wing will expand upon the Museum’s collection of historic photographs with special attention to the “Paniolo Kepani”, the Japanese breed of the Hawaiian Cowboy.  The New Wing will also feature the artistry of master saddle maker and leather craftsman, Alvin Kawamotos, with a 24 foot progressive display of Hawaiian Saddle Making from blocks of wood to a complete saddle ready for use.

Pono Van Holt, current president of Paniolo Preservation Society, will open the ceremony with Kimo Hoopai offering the blessing.