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The paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) culture is a big part of the lifestyle and history of the 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.
The island of Hawaii 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 snorkeling. As you ride along these scenic vistas you’ll see why horseback riding on the island of Hawaii is truly unique.
HO'OMAU RANCH horseback riding, ATV UTV Tours. Ranch Stay and camping. Rare endemic, critically endangered tree species Loulu Palm Pritchardia schattaueri & Mehamehame. Hawaiian hoary bat, Mesic forest. Bird watch for endangered 'io, endemic 'apapane, 'elepaio and Pueo. Cattle pastures Agritourism!
Daily "open range" rides over 11,000-acre working cattle ranch on historic Kohala Mountain. Lush pasture, native woods and spectacular views of the coastline and peaks. Marvel at the ancient Hawaiian ruins where King Kamehameha once trained his warriors.