325 Waiahiwi Rd, Makawao, HI 96768, USA
Piiholo RanchIn 1793, Captain George Vancouver gave King Kamehameha some cattle—and the herds soon grew large and unruly, harming the islands’ fragile ecosystems. Kamehameha III turned to Mexican vaqueros to learn how to wrangle the rampaging cows. They gave rise to generations of paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys. Hop in the saddle and follow in their hoof prints for a day with a Piiholo Ranch tour! Set on the rainforest’s edge, this stable and riding academy offers journeys on the Upcountry’s wide open ranges, which unfold jaw-dropping views of the Pacific. Don’t miss the majestic state bird, the endangered Hawaiian nēnē (goose), at the ranch’s preserve and nursery.