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Horse riding on Hawaii’s Big Island


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The paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture is a big part of the lifestyle and history of Hawaii’s Big Island. With a wealth of scenic, open landscapes to explore in Waimea and other spots throughout the island, ranchers are happy to share their paniolo stories and knowledge with you on horseback.

Hawaii’s Big Island offers a variety of fun ways to saddle up for an unforgettable paniolo experience. From scenic storytelling tours by horse-drawn wagon to a hands-on chance to take the reins and go on a real cattle drive. Choose from a diverse selection of beautiful environments to ride through, including the upcountry pastures of Kahua Ranch, the tropical Waipio Valley stream and waterfalls trails, or the southern reaches of a historic trail to Kealakekua Bay – complete with swimming and snorkelling. As you ride along these scenic vistas you’ll see why horse riding on the Big Island is truly unique.