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.
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.
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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
From Our Blog
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...
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 nieces. Generations of paniolo women, some who had participated in Old Hawaii on Horseback in years past and some...