Article and photos by Dawn Marie
A Sunday morning rendezvous at Pali Golf Course kicked off our coastal caravan to the Mokuleia Polo Fields for the Third Annual Polo Day on June 22. Seventeen members and guests rallied for coffee and conversation surrounded by the crisp peaks of the mighty Koolau Range against nearly cloudless skies. Secretary, James Mooney led our procession, meandering along a rainbow blue sea coast, celebrated by picnickers at parks along the way.
This year we invited the Tesla Motor Club to join us. We were delighted that five Model S owners accepted, scattering themselves among our various makes, models and ages of Mercedes-Benz cars for the picturesque hour-plus journey. The new Sunset Red Tesla especially enticed yours truly. This auto is the second S purchased by Steve Barnes of Kaneohe, after he sold his first, a white model. He and Dave Smith, who brought visuals of batteries, chargers, etc., chatted up all of us throughout the day.
We arrived at the Hawaii Polo Club with plenty of time to organize cars and set up our Mercedes-Benz club tent. Mahalo nui loa to Russ Kulinski for that. As the ponies legged up around us before the matches began we arranged our yummy buffet for early snackers. Mahalo nui loa to members who shared delicious nibbles, dips and treats. Chocolate chilled and the champagne flowed!
Nancy Cranston and Greg Gibbons were especially generous with refreshments, and in his artful style Greg adorned each blue champagne cup and napkin with Mercedes-Benz Club of America logos. Later we discovered the food trucks offering ono seared ahi, garlic shrimp, kalbi … and ohhhhh, the gelato and sorbet!
The Star Spangled Banner heralded the start with the first chukkers of the day between island teams. Parachuters from SkyDive Hawaii excited the crowd with halftime aerials while our group of auto enthusiasts enjoyed friendly competition in a quiz created by Dawn Marie on the history of polo in Hawaii. Nanette, Nancy and Dave each won prizes and we all learned a little more about the game.
Second half chukker entertained us, though Team Mexico tromped HPC. Mexico players were friendly and happy to share their polo tales. The author’s favorite, cutie-patootie Julian Alvarez of Argentina, spends half his year between Oahu and Maui for surf and ponies; then it’s home to South America for him.
Our event improves each time. We enjoy the drive, the camaraderie, the chukkers, the ponies and the food. Haahaa hoomaikai (sincere appreciation) to everyone who helped to make it a success! The Hawaii Polo Club calendar is full until fall, highlighted by Argentina and India in August. Kristen Brown, the new Social Director, was fantastic to coordinate our day for us.
When would you like to go next? Who wants to help?