A Hawaiian cowboy (paniolo) astride a horse throwing a rope.

Paniolo: Hawaiian Cowboys

Learn the fascinating story of Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolo, from the origin of their name, their Mexican roots, to how the tradition continues today. At various ranches across Hawaii, visitors can take part in rides, events, and festivities.

Stretching over a mile, Waipi‘o Beach is the longest black-sand beach on the Big Island.

Getting to the Bottom of Waipi‘o Valley

Getting to the bottom of Waipi‘o Valley is a challenge. There are several modes of transportation, with the most unique being a mule-drawn wagon, but you can go by foot or horseback as well. There are several organized tours available, including one aboard a van for those who can’t make the journey otherwise.