Paniolos

Three Paniolos on horseback in Hawaii

The current Friendly Friday challenge theme is ‘Hands & Feet.’ See more responses here.

I wasn’t sure I had anything for this topic, but then I thought of these paniolos, who I saw at Upolu last month. Paniolos are the Hawaiian version of cowboys and these days they often ride four-wheel vehicles. But there are still occasions when they’ll saddle up while moving or tending cattle.

This scene occurred last month when they were moving a herd of cattle into a new pasture. I arrived at the tail end of the process, when the paniolos were walking back to their vehicles.

So what does this have to do with hands and feet? Well, it occurred to me that hands and feet are the main tools of the trade for communicating with the horse being ridden. And as for the horses, their feet are shod with lucky horseshoes and their height is measured in hands.

Enough said!

Three Paniolos on horseback and a sugar cane harvester

10 thoughts on “Paniolos

  1. SandyL

    There’s not much one can do without the use of hands & feet.
    Even though I’ve never thought about it, it makes sense that there’d be cowboys in Hawaii.
    Oh what a view this is, to always have the blue ocean in the background. But what is the big green machine used for?

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    1. Graham Post author

      I don’t think most people associate Hawaii with cattle, but they’ve been important here ever since they were introduced. The green monster is a sugar cane harvester. Heirloom varieties of cane are planted in that field and used in the production of rum. I’ve been itching to see it action but, though they’ve obviously harvested quite a bit, it’s neverbeen when I’ve been around. One day!

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      1. SandyL

        Where I used to live, sugar was a major cash crop. They used to set the fields on fire to burn off the trash and flush out the snakes. It used to quite a sight. Do they do that still? or does the machine make it unnecessary?

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        1. Graham Post author

          I don’t know what they do about clean up. I think in the old days they probably burned the fields, but I think that would be frowned on these days. No snakes to flush out here though!

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