WAIMEA — Ten paniolo are being enshrined as the first inductees of the brand
new Kauai & Niihau Cowboy Hall of Fame.
In celebration of Kaua’i’s
cowboy heritage, the West Kaua’i Technology & Visitor Center, and the West
Kauai Business & Professional Association, are sponsoring the hall of fame.
The first entrants have been selected and their biographies are on exhibit
at the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center through Friday, June 30.
They are: William Kahookano Uahinui, Moses Kauahi Hookano, Alfred “Ohu”
Kaohu Hookano I, Melvin Kauwila Pahulehua Sr., Warren Selwyn Robinson, Antonio
“Tony” Wong, Eddie Taniguchi Sr., Joseph Punilei Manini Sr., and
The exhibit is part of a week-long series of activities
taking place starting today. The event is being funded in part by the Kaua’i
Economic Development Board.
The Hall of Fame inductees will be presented
with plaques on Wednesday, June 14 at the premiere showing of filmmaker Edgy
Lee’s film “Paniolo O Hawai’i” at the Waimea Theatre.
A reception will be
held starting at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Hawaiian singer Bill
Tickets are free and available in advance at the West Kauai
Technology and Visitor Center.
There is limited seating.
objective of the Kaua’i and Ni’ihau Cowboy Hall of Fame is to reserve and
perpetuate this unique Hawaiian heritage. Biographies of important cowboys and
ranchers will be collected through the nomination process, and preserved for
Events during the week include Na Himeni Kiekie –
Falsetto Competition and Concert, set for Thursday, June 15, also at the Waimea
Theatre, and the Kauai Cowboy Round-up all day on Saturday at the West Kauai
Technology & Visitor Center and adjacent Kikiaola Land Company Field 14.
The public is invited to attend saddle making demonstrations, a Paniolo
Challenge & Mule Races, a barbecue and dance.
For more information
call the West Kauai Technology & Visitor Center at 338-1332.
facility is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.