Wiki means fast, Paniolo is cowboy and slow down is “Whoa.” Those are the key words needed when talking about Hawaiian ranch culture. The kids really enjoyed being cowboys-in-training at Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea. We especially enjoyed roping, leather working and the on-site blacksmith. The herd of Charolais cattle stayed on the far side of the 110 acre property. They must have seen how well the kids could lasso and just wanted to stay out of harm’s way.
The ranch was the home of Anna Leialoha Lindsey Perry-Fiske who was known as the “First Lady of Ranching” in Hawaii. There are a variety of artifact and heirlooms on display, but the best part of the visit happened at the blacksmith and saddle-making workshops.
Special thanks to executive director Kay Kammerzell, blacksmith Ethan Froney and master saddle maker and leather crafter, Albert Moniz who made this visit unforgettable.