Preserving & Perpetuating Hawaiʻi’s Proud & Living Paniolo Heritage

Paniolo Hall of Fame 2019

Continuing the Legacy Your Paniolo Preservation Society is an active, thriving community of Hawai‘i’s farming and ranching families, friends and...

Old Hawaiʻi on Horseback Recap!

We could not have asked for a more picturesque day for the Old Hawaii on Horseback: Nā Wahine Holo Lio, pageant!  Held on Saturday, September 14,...

Honoring Barbara Nobriga

At this year’s Old Hawaii on Horseback, we honor Barbara Kamilipua Nobriga of Mahealani Ranch, one of only six women in the Paniolo Hall of Fame....

Wrapping a Paʻu Skirt

The wahine pa’u riders began arriving to the workshop mid-afternoon on a sunny late summer day in Waimea. Mothers, daughters, sisters, aunties and...

Old Hawaiʻi on Horseback 2019!

Nā Wahine Holo Lio - Old Hawaiʻi on Horseback 2019 is happening! Mark your calendars for September 14th. We are excitedly planning the event and...

The Making of a Kaula Ili (rawhide rope)

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...

What is a Paniolo?

The official definition of the Hawaiian word Paniolo is “a person who herds cattle; cowboy.” At Paniolo Preservation Society, the word Paniolo is so...

“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.


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.



JOIN US ON Wednesdays from 9 am – 3:00 pm for the Waimea MidWeek Farmers Market and on Saturdays from 7:30 am to 1 pm for the Kamuela Farmers Market.



HOST YOUR EVENT at Pukalani Stables, home to of Parker Ranch paniolo and one of the oldest and most historic ranching sites in Hawaii. Ideal for groups of up to 200 people.



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!


From Our Blog

“Nā Wahine” Day – Sept. 14!

“Nā Wahine” Day – Sept. 14!

We are so pleased to have this Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 be formally declared “Na Wahine Holo Lio Old Hawai’i On Horseback Day!” The event – a stunning pageant with more than 100 beautifully costumed riders on horseback -- will formally salute and thank the generations...

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Honoring Barbara Nobriga

Honoring Barbara Nobriga

At this year’s Old Hawaii on Horseback, we honor Barbara Kamilipua Nobriga of Mahealani Ranch, one of only six women in the Paniolo Hall of Fame.   Rumor is, Barbara is one of the few women in Hawaiʻi that still prefers shoeing her own horse!   As owner and...

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