Waimea in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
The Hawaiian Cowboys
Arriving in 1833 in full regalia, these Hispanic horsemen not only subdued the wild cattle, but converted native Hawaiians into mounted cattlemen whose natural abilities blended well with riding and roping. They became known as "paniolo," a Hawaiianization of their mentors heritage, "Espanol."
Little did the King realize that from this humble beginning, Hawaiian cowboys would emerge as national champions in their own right in the world of rodeo. Nor could he have predicted that the paniolo would help perpetuate the Hawaiian language.
This monument of Ikua Purdy, a native Hawaiian Parker Ranch cowboy and winner of the World Steer Roping Championship at the 1908 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, is a tribute not only to his co-champions, Archie Ka'au'a and Jack Low, and their sponsor Eben
This heroic bronze image typifies the life of a Hawaiian cowboy ~ roping a wild bull on the slopes of Mauna Kea ~ as risky a chore then as it is today.
The lei of bronze brands surrounding the pedestal pays tribute to those families ~ past and present ~ who came from many diverse origins to pioneer ranching in Hawai'i. These ranchers, in concert with the efforts of the Paniolo Preservation Society, memorialize in perpetuity the heritage of our paniolo, the cowboys of the far West.
~ With warm aloha to all who contributed to, and care for this monument and our state's proud paniolo culture.
Erected by Paniolo Preservation Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Hispanic Americans • Native Americans • Sports.
Location. 20° 1.266′ N, 155° 40.056′ W. Marker is in Waimea, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Mamalahoa Highway (Hawaii Route 19) near Lindsey Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 67-1185 Mamalahoa Highway, Kamuela HI 96743, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Tarawa 1943-1945 (approx. ¾ mile away); Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site Pu'ukohlā Heiau (approx. 10.1 miles away); Mailekini Heiau (approx. 10.1 miles away); Pu'ukohola Heiau (approx. 10.1 miles away); Hale o Kapuni Heiau (approx. 10.1 miles away); Pelekane (approx. 10.1 miles away); Camp Henry C. Drewes (approx. 10.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waimea.
More about this marker. The marker and statue are located at Parker Ranch Center.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.