Waimea Fall Festival canceled; equipment fund drive underway

  • Courtesy of DEANNA EVANS/file Thousands turned out for the third annual Waimea Fall Festival on Oct. 12, 2019. This year’s festival was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Waimea Fall Festival, scheduled for Oct. 10, was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by Waimea Athletics, which hosts the annual event.

“Due to concerns for the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and our community, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event,” said Melissa Samura, Waimea Athletics event director and volunteer coordinator. “Our goal is to present the Waimea Fall Festival again on Oct. 9, 2021.”

In lieu of the festival, Waimea Athletics is conducting a community sports equipment fund drive through June 19. All monetary donations, which are tax deductible, will be used to purchase sports equipment that will be donated to South Kohala keiki and their families.

“We want to make sure our island families have the proper equipment to remain active throughout the summer, so once we’re able to host athletic events, they’ll be ready to go,” Samura said.

To make a donation or for more information, contact Samura at waimeaathletics@gmail.com.

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