Hawaiian Saddle Tree Graphic

There’s much more to Hawai’i’s paniolo heritage than superb horsemanship and cattle and land stewardship. The “tools” of the trade – most notably saddles, bridles and tack as well as rawhide lariats – are not just essential equipment but also treasured, celebrated art forms that enjoy prestige and acclaim, albeit in ranching circles. This year’s Paniolo Artisan Showcase will feature more than a dozen saddle makers from across the state.

Th e 2016 Paniolo Artisan Showcase Schedule (at Kahilu Town Center):

Friday, Sept. 16
9:00am – Doors Open
10:00 am – Formal Welcome by Bill Ferreira, Paniolo Preservation Society, Vice President
5:00pm – Doors Close

Saturday, Sept. 17
9:00am – Doors Open
10:00 am – Formal Welcome
4:00 pm – Music, Hula, and Refreshments (Bobby Kawamoto’s smoked meat, and sliced kalo from the Pahio Ohana).
5:00pm – Doors Close

The 2016 Paniolo Artisan Showcase is dedicated to the memory of these master practitioners of the craft. Each of these men were active participants and founding members of the Paniolo Artisan Showcase.

Donnie De Silva
Lowell Freitas
Joe Manini
Kealoha Saffery
Clive Ushijima

The two-day event is free to the public though donations to Paniolo Preservation Society are welcome to help us sustain the organization’s preservation mission.