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

Humu'ula Sheep Station

Daniel K. Inouye Highway

 
 
Humu'ula Sheep Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
1. Humu'ula Sheep Station Marker
Inscription. Sheep raising became economically important within the interior of Hawai'i during the second half of the nineteenth century. In the 1860s, the Waimea Grazing and Agricultural Company established a station for sheep at Humu'ula. By 1873 it had a house and wool barn. In 1883, the operation was incorporated as the Humu'ula Sheep Station Company. Later it was acquired by Parker Ranch.
How many sheep grazed these lands? In 1890, Japanese laborers built the network of prominent stone walls which still enclose the grassy area south of Maunakea. These stone walls were built to last, though some sections were covered by the 1935 lava flow. By the early 1900s, a herd of 23,000 sheep grazed these lands along with several hundred head of cattle and horses. Shearing was done over a six-weeks period every spring by ranch hands from Waimea, most of them part-Hawaiian.
Paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) would drive the herd on horseback from these pastures to the port of Kawaihae for off-island shipping. After the conclusion of World War II, this roadway opened to vehicular traffic and truck transportation prove more efficient. By the 1960s, cattle had replaced most of the sheep, Today the land is owned by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
 
Location. 19° 41.328′ N, 155° 
Humu'ula Sheep Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 31, 2017
2. Humu'ula Sheep Station Marker
27.99′ W. Marker is near Waimea, Hawaii, in Kauai County. Marker is at the intersection of Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) (Hawaii Route 200 at milepost 28) and Mauna Kea Access Road, on the right when traveling east on Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kamuela HI 96743, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pu'uhuluhulu (here, next to this marker); Humu'ula and Kala''i'ehā (approx. 1.2 miles away); Pu'u'ō'ō - Volcano Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Saddle House - Hale Noho Lio (approx. 5.9 miles away); Hilo -- Pu'u'ō'ō Trail (Ka'ūmana Trail) (approx. 8 miles away); Once in their lifetime, silverswords erupt in flowers (approx. 14.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 28, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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