What is a Paniolo?

John Holi Ma'e

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 sum it up in a few words! We […]

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Join Us! After Dark in the Park with Dr. Billy Bergin on August 6, 2019

After Dark in the Park

Our very own Dr. Billy Bergin – resident Paniolo expert, author and Paniolo Preservation Society board member, will be speaking at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in the Kilauea Visitor Center. Join us on August 6th, 2019 at 7pm for this very special presentation to learn more about Paniolo. After Dark in the Park at Hawaii […]

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Paniolo Heritage Center Hours for 2019

  The Paniolo Heritage Center is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm and during farmer market hours on Wednesdays (9 am to 3 pm) and Saturdays (7:30 am to 1:00 pm). Our little cowboy museum is provided free to the public and courtesy of the Paniolo Preservation Society and its supporters. […]

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SET THIS DATE ASIDE for Paniolo Preservation Society’s next event – Saturday, January 19, 2019.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, January 19, 2019, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, for the Grand Opening and Blessing for the new Pa’u Exhibit at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables. Celebrate the proud legacy of Hawaii’s famous horsewomen and be the first to tour the latest major addition to the Paniolo Heritage […]

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Paniolo Preservation Seeks General Manager for the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables! APPLY NOW!

Paniolo Preservation Society is looking for a new General Manager for our Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in beautiful Waimea. Please read the job description below and apply if interested. We are accepting cover letters and resumes until October 31st. Please – no phone calls. Email your cover letter and resume (or any questions) […]

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Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Celebrates the Hawaiian Cowboy!

From Waimea’s sister city, Cheyenne, Wyoming, this year honoring the Hawaiian cowboy… HAWAIIANS TAKE CHEYENNE:110TH ANNIVERSARY OF PANIOLOS AT CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS™ The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum invites you to our annual gala on Saturday, October 6, 2018. This year’s theme is Hawaiian Paniolo Rodeo, celebrating 110 years since Ikua Purdy and other […]

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Paniolo Preservation Society to expand Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in 2018.

In 2018, your support allowed Paniolo Preservation Society to host a memorial remembrance for Paniolo Hall of Fame member, Freddy Rice, a talk-story event honoring 7 amazing cattlewomen of Hawaii, and now, PPS sets out to expand our exhibit space at the Paniolo Heritage Center to honor the horsewomen of Hawaii, the Pa’u Riders. Paʻu […]

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Paniolo Heritage Center Spring & Summer Hours with Farmers Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Come visit the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in beautiful UpCountry Waimea and learn about Hawaii’s proud ranching history, a legacy that stretches back to the 1830s when three Mexican vaqueros came to Waimea to teach the Hawaiians how to be cowboys. In addition to the museum, which is open free to the public, Paniolo […]

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“Ranch Women of the Far West” – PPS Event, Saturday, Feb., 17, 2018 at Pukalani Stables.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! A Paniolo Preservation Society Special Event, Saturday, February 17th, 2018, honoring seven amazing Hawaii ranch women. Honorees for the evening are: Josephine Boteilho, Christine Correia, Paula DeSilva, Rose Freitas, Dorothea Miranda, Vera Miranda, and Sally Rice. $15 per person includes live music, dinner, and the evening’s program. Children 12 and under […]

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Paniolo Preservation Society tips our hat to one of the greats, Harold “Freddy” Rice.

Paniolo Preservation Society wishes to share our most sincere condolences for the recent passing of Paniolo Hall of Fame Member and Founding PPS Board Member, Harold “Freddy” Rice. # # # # # # By Dr. Billy Bergin Harold “Freddy” Rice spent over 60 years in Hawaii ranching with his last ranch being in Lalamilo, […]

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    To preserve and promote the heritage of the Hawaiian cowboy through the Paniolo Cultural Center at Pukalani Stables. The Paniolo Preservation Society celebrates the Hawaiian ranching industry and the accomplishments of the generations of paniolo that made that industry possible. Our focus is statewide and represents all cowboys from all of the Hawaiian islands. PPS is committed to increasing public awareness of the historical, present-day and future significance of Hawaii's ranching industry and the honored traditions of its paniolo.


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