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Waimea in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

The Hawaiian Cowboys

 
 
The Hawaiian Cowboys Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
1. The Hawaiian Cowboys Marker
Inscription. With the first cattle arriving in the Hawaiian Islands in 1793 as gifts for King Kamehameha I, it was not long before they overpopulated and plundered the countryside from the mountains to the seashores. Determined to bring them under control and establish a cattle industry, King Kamehameha III sought the services of Mexican vaquero from California.
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 Low, but to all paniolo of the Hawaiian Islands.
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
The Hawaiian Cowboys Marker, on left image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 26, 2017
2. The Hawaiian Cowboys Marker, on left
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.
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Tarawa 1943-1945 (approx. mile away); Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site (approx. 10 miles away); Pu'ukohola Heiau (approx. 10.1 miles away); Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker and statue are located at Parker Ranch
Ikua Purdy statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 27, 2017
3. Ikua Purdy statue
Center.
 
Categories. AnimalsHispanic AmericansNative AmericansSports
 
Ikua Purdy statue image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 26, 2017
4. Ikua Purdy statue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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