Polo & Trail Rides
Known as “the sport of kings,” polo is arguably the oldest recorded team sport in known history, with the first matches being played in Persia over 2500 years ago. Polo and horse races were a popular sport in Kapi‘olani Park in Waikiki throughout the 1800s; and the Town and Country Stables at the edge of the park housed many lovely polo ponies and horses for riding and spectator enjoyment.
When World War II began, polo games ceased and did not open again until 1956 when Fred Dailey, an avid player, joined with several players from pre-war time, to form the Waikiki Polo Club.
Fred had arrived with his wife, Murph, in Hawai‘i in 1952 and built and opened the iconic Waikikian Hotel in 1956. The Waikikian was a major sponsor of polo in the 50s and early 60s and hosted all the visiting players and team. In the mid 1960s the stable operation was closed at Kapi‘olani Park and the polo field was moved to Mokule‘ia on O‘ahu’s North Shore. The club was re-named the Hawai‘i Polo Club; and the Waikikian continued to sponsor a polo team and host visiting players, including Great Britain’s Prince Charles.