A little-known aspect of Hawaiian history is its cowboy culture—which began here a full generation earlier than it did on the mainland. The business of raising and ranching cattle began in the upcountry pastures of Hawaii, the Big Island, in the early 1800s, with a crew of relocated Mexican vaqueros that local islanders called paniolo. Over the next century, the beef industry boomed on the island, and ranches thrived around the island. Today, visitors can still get a taste of Hawaiian cowboy life, by touring or horseback riding at one of several still-operational ranch properties.
To learn more about the history and culture of Hawaii, the Big Island, visit gohawaii.com/hawaii-island.
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