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It’s Makawao Rodeo and parade weekend

Crozier, Viveiros to be honored at Saturday’s parade

The Maui News

The four-day 63rd Makawao Rodeo gets underway Thursday with qualifying runs, and the 53rd Makawao Rodeo Parade will roll through town Saturday morning.

Rodeo and polo competitor Frank Crozier is the grand marshal of this year’s parade, which begins at 9 a.m.

Sam Viveiros, a longtime rodeo announcer, has been selected Special Parade Honoree.

The parade starts at Baldwin Avenue, just below Makawao Elementary School, proceeds through town and ends at the Eddie Tam center. Baldwin Avenue will close at 8 a.m. and Makawao Avenue at 8:45 a.m.

The Stick Horse Race for all ages precedes the parade at 8:30 a.m.

The rodeo court includes Caysie Ann Medeiros, queen; C.J. Medeiros, queen’s page; Anuhea Awai-Dixon, princess; Kaylia Ferguson, junior princess; Sarah-Rose Cluney, keiki princess; and Maddox Prones, keiki prince.

Parade units will be judged in the following categories: Best Parade Horse, Best Mounted Rider, Best Mounted Pair, Best Mounted Group, Best Mounted Keiki, Best Costumed Rider, Most Unusual Entry, Best Musical Entry, Best Float Entry, Best Representation of Theme and Most Patriotic entry.

There will be other activities on parade day, including face-painting for children from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Makawao Public Library; book sale/craft making at the library, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Paniolo Pancake Breakfast by the Makawao History Museum at Habibi’s, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; and Makawao Hongwanji rummage sale beginning at 7 a.m.

Parking will be available at the Oskie Rice Arena with free shuttle to Makawao town from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Maui Veterans Cemetery will remain open for visitation and parade participants and spectators cannot park there.

The grand marshal of the parade was born in Wailuku but grew up in Kokomo and attended St. Joseph, Keanae and King Kamehameha III schools. He graduated from Lahainaluna High in 1962.

Crozier, 73, became a journeyman plumber and worked for the state and in the construction industry, retiring about 10 years ago. He also was an avid canoe paddler, having competed in 19 Molokai-Oahu Hoe races, winning six golds, two silvers and a bronze medal.

One of the highlights of his paddling career was shaking hands with the legendary Duke Kahanamoku. And he was the third paddler in the canoe of the closing clip of the original “Hawaii Five-0” series.

His work as a plumber/pipefitter took him to Oahu and the Big Island, where he met Sidney Smith. Smith got Crozier into riding horses, roping and competing in rodeos in Hawaii.

He moved back to Maui in 1982 and lived his childhood dream of becoming a paniolo. He worked for Tony DeCoite, McCoy Perreira and SWV Ranch and competed in the Makawao Rodeo.

Crozier also took up polo and was nicknamed “Boom Boom” for his swift tail shot. He is a lifetime member of the Maui Roping Club.

The other honoree of this year’s parade, Viveiros, is a cattleman but is best known for his voice at rodeos across the state. He provided description and commentary at rodeos in Hawaii for 22 years – five years at the Makawao Rodeo.

“Anyone who attended a Hawaii rodeo between 1978 and 2000 remembers Sam’s yee-haw, his fast-paced commentary and his endless stream of jokes,” a news release from the parade said.

He started announcing local ranch rodeos in 1978 and found himself in great demand at events statewide.

He also started the tradition of classic cars in the Makawao parade with Philbert Freitas. Viveiros drove his 1930s Woody and 1967 Mustang convertible in the parade.

Viveiros was born in Kailua, Oahu, and grew up on the 4,000-acre Kapa’a Ranch. He moved to Maui in 1970 and raised beef and rodeo cattle in Kaupakalua and worked in law enforcement.

He is a lifetime member of the Hawaii Cattleman’s Association and is recognized as a skillful trainer of rodeo horses and brought the bloodlines of champion quarter horses and thoroughbreds to Hawaii.

The rodeo, presented by the Maui Roping Club, is held at the Oskie Rice Arena across the street from and just above Seabury Hall.

Qualifying runs begin at 9 a.m. Thursday and Friday if needed with free admission.

The Bull Bash is Friday beginning at 6 p.m. with gates opening at 4 p.m. Admission is $20 at the gate.

The rodeo begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and free for those ages 10 and under.

Events include bull riding, steer wrestling, wahine barrel racing, tie-down roping and double mugging.

For more information, go to www.makawaorodeo.net for the rodeo and www.makawaoparade.org for the parade.

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