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Pa'u Riders, Kailua-Kona 1950's
Kona in Pictures > Image 130
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No, this is not Wyoming, but the range on the Kona slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea. Hawaiian cowboys have a longer tradition than the more popular version of the mainland USA. Mexican cow herders were sent to manage the free roaming cattle given to the king by traders in exchange for sandal wood. When asked by the natives who they were, they answered 'Espanols'. Caused by the lack of the letter 'S' in the Hawaiian alphabet, they were hence known as 'paniolos'.

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