Paniolo Compete at Parker Ranch Rodeo
While celebrating our nation’s independence on Monday, July 4, Parker Ranch paniolo were joined by nearby ranches for a round-up of traditional rodeo events, including horse races, ranch mugging, team roping and more.
The events showcased the skills that have made Hawaiian paniolo famous throughout the world and which continue to keep the unique ranching lifestyle and culture alive in Hawai‘i.
This popular community event always provides an opportunity to see Hawai‘i’s cowboys in action, while enjoying a variety of crafts and food from local businesses.
Fast-paced rodeo action began shortly after the morning’s grand entry parade and continued non-stop until noon.
The day began with the introduction of the ranch teams and raising of the flags.
Under a beautiful summer sky, horse racing action kicked off a morning of excitement—the 1/4-mile, 1/8-mile and relay races.
In the midst of racing fever, skills and pride are on the line during the “friendly” ranch competition that took place in the arena.
Each year the festivities also include recognizing an individual or group who has contributed to our island community.
This year, Parker Ranch honored the late state Sen. Gilbert Kahele, who passed away in January 2016.
Sen. Gil was a steadfast advocate for Hawai‘i Island and a former Marine. His son, Sen. Kai Kahele, was appointed by Gov. David Ige to fill in for his father during the 2016 legislative session, and he and his family accepted the award on behalf of his father.
For more information, call (808) 885-7311 or visit www.parkerranch.com.
Parker Ranch Inc. produces 10 million pounds of beef each year and ranks as the ninth largest cow-calf operation in the US.