"The Vaquero taught the Hawaiians how to rope and ride. The Paniolo's bravery was all his own."
It's been a hundred years since Ikua Purdy and two Paniolo pals entered the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Folks in Wyoming said, "Hawaiian cowboys?"
Purdy's answer was in deeds, not words. He got on his borrowed horse and won the steer roping.
Little did those Wyoming folks know that the Paniolo's stock-in-trade was roping wild bulls — on lava-strewn volcanoes — in the dead of night.
When it comes to roping or doing anything else from the back of a horse, the Paniolo takes a back seat to nobody.
These island cowboys learned the basics from the Californio Vaqueros in 1833, but they added something of their own — indomitable spirit and unmatched bravery.
"An engaging documentary about the Paniolo who works the ranches of Hawaii today."
- J&S Productions
- DVD Video
- 96 Minutes