HONOLULU – How ‘bout dem cowboys?
The Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, honored the unique tradition of paniolo, Hawaiian cowboys, at its Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon Thursday during the 2015 Hawaii Tourism Conference at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Among the honorees was Kauai’s Kipu Ranch.
“We are pleased to honor local ranches for their contributions to their community, and ongoing efforts to perpetuate and promote paniolo traditions and Hawaiian culture,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the HTA, in a press release. “Congratulations to this year’s honorees and mahalo to the ranches throughout the state for continuing to help shape our islands’ unique culture and story.”
Kipu Ranch stretches from the Huleia River to the summit of Mount Haupu, spanning a total of 3,000 acres. Originally used as a sugar plantation, the area has transformed to a working cattle ranch and is home to both beautiful scenery and remarkable wildlife.
Its unique landscapes, which include mountains, pastures, forests and rivers makes it a popular site for movie directors and families looking to experience Hawaii’s great outdoors, the press release said.
Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui and Parker Ranch on Hawaii Island were also honored.
Established in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, is responsible for strategically managing tourism to optimize benefits for Hawaii that integrate the interest of visitors, the community and visitor industry.