Celebrating the Hawaiian Cowboy
The Paniolo Preservation Society (PPS) has just opened the Paniolo Heritage Center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Located at Waimea’s Pukalani Stables on the historic Parker Ranch, the center will preserve and celebrate the tradition of paniolo (the Hawaiian cowboys). Pukalani Stables, built in 1909, used to house nationally revered stallions at the famous Parker Ranch. The brand new center aims to tell the story of Hawaii’s ranching heritage and will soon offer twice daily interpretative tours. Led by historian and writer Anthony Roberts, the tours will introduce visitors to the history of the paniolo in Hawaii. This tour has the potential to be one of the best things to do in Hawaii. Parker Ranch is one of the oldest, as well as largest, ranches in the United States. Long a popular tour attraction on the Big Island of Hawaii, Parker Ranch handed over the keys of Pukalani Stables to the Paniolo Preservation Society on April 1st. The PPS invested $50,000 in the Pukalani Stables, cleaning and restoring the historic structure into a community gathering place for the town of Waimea. The Big Island has long been a favorite of travelers visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the newly refurbished Pukalani Studios is sure to be a top thing to do in Hawaii in the very near future.