Preserving & Perpetuating Hawaiʻi’s Proud & Living Paniolo Heritage
“Paniolo” – The Hawaiian Cowboy
The first cattle were gifted to Hawaiʻi in 1793. Uncontrolled, they eventually plundered villages, gardens and farms. By invitation from King Kamehameha III, vaquero arrived as mentors of the native Hawaiians. Thus began the unique story of the Hawaiian Paniolo …
THE PANIOLO PRESERVATION SOCIETY exists to promote the heritage of the Hawaiian cowboy. We celebrate the Hawaiian ranching industry and the accomplishments of the generations of paniolo that made that industry possible. Representing all cowboys from all of the Hawaiian islands, our goal is to increase public awareness of the historical, present-day and future significance of Hawaiʻi’s ranching industry and the honored traditions of its paniolo.
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Paniolo Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded solely by those wishing to preserve and promote the ranching heritage of Hawaiʻi.
Your generous support in any amount is appreciated and helps carry on the legacy of the paniolo!
MAHALO from PPS
VISIT our unique paniolo history museum packed with old-time stories, photos, saddles & more. Open Monday – Saturday 9am to 2pm. Wednesdays 9am – 3pm during the Midweek Farmers Market.
From Our Blog
Earlier this year Paniolo Preservation Society General Manager Bill Ferreira came up with a way to visually bring the story of the Paniolo to life through the making of a Kaula Ili, from hide to finish. Not for decades has this been done at Pukalani Stables, and we...read more
The official definition of the Hawaiian word Paniolo is “a person who herds cattle; cowboy.” At Paniolo Preservation Society, the word Paniolo is so steeped in Hawaiian ranching history, so much a part of who we are, that it is actually a bit daunting to attempt to...read more