Paniolo Heritage Center

Learn about the history of Hawaii's ranching industry

Built in 1909, Pukalani Stables was the site of horse-breeding operations for Parker Ranch, one of the largest cattle ranches in the United States.

Today, it houses the Paniolo (Cowboy) Heritage Center, which spotlights Hawaii’s ranching industry and paniolo history and lifestyle.

Among the items on view are bits, spurs, lariats, saddle-making tools and mid-1800s photographs.

Don’t miss the Paniolo Hall of Fame, administered by the Oahu Cattlemen’s Association, which displays pictures and biographies of more than 100 notable cowboys and cowgirls statewide.

The newest exhibit is the Hawaiian Saddle Wing showcasing the artistry of master saddle makers and leather craftsmen and more than 20 saddles donated by paniolo families in the community.

The center is open on Wednesdays when the Waimea Midweek Market, offering a cornucopia of locally grown and made products, takes place there.

It’s also the venue for the Hawaii Horse Expo, usually held in August, which offers clinics, demonstrations and a hoedown with a barbecue dinner, silent auction, music, dancing, games and animals for adoption through the Hawaii Island Humane Society.