About This Book
Winner of the Hawaii Literary Arts Council’s 2006 Elliot Cades Award for Literature
Paniolo have ridden the misty mountain jungles, high plains and rugged volcanic slopes of remote Hawaii for more than 175 years, adapting the craft of western cowboys to the unique conditions of the islands – from swimming cattle to boats for shipment, to dodging lava tubes. Coming from a rainbow of ethnic groups that made Hawaii their home, these brave men of the islands challenged wild bulls, wild horses, and wild lands in pursuit of success and adventure. In Rough Riders, Hawaii’s cowboys share tales of old Hawaii in their own words, while Ilima Loomis explains how ranching developed in the distant islands of the Pacific.