PANIOLO O HAWAII – Cowboys of the Far West

Hawaii’s Paniolo preceded the American Cowboy but their story remains virtually unheralded in frontier history. The film is a tribute to the men and women who learned much of their riding, roping, and saddle making from the great vaqueros of Alta California.

TRT:                          59 min.
Best Documentary History (Chicago Film Festival), Best Documentary History and Screen-play, CINE Golden Eagle, Kahili Award from the State of Hawaii visitor industry 


This award winning feature documentary redefines our childhood notions of Cowboys and Indians and the Great American West. In this beautifully crafted movie, the Cowboys are the Indians.  Rare footage, clips of “shipping cattle” in the 1920s, Will Rogers at Ulupalakua Ranch, appearances by Maui resident, Willie Nelson; cowboy songsters Kindy Sproat, and Michael Martin Murphey.

“Done in tremendous fashion…a splendid example of the enduring power of the traditional documentary.” Los Angeles Times, Kevin Thomas


Documentary, history, culture

Documentary, history, culture

Tribute, educational, history