There is a deep bond between paniolos and their horses. They are loyal partners holding one another’s fate with their lives and well being depending on each other.
The Hawaiian cowboy’s traditions and values are timeless. Powerful parallels have been established between ancient Hawaiian culture and the free spirited way of life of the paniolo.
The vibrant history of the Hawaiian cowboy inspired the creation of “Paniolo & Lio”, the Menehune cowboy and his horse.
Here is part of Paniolo’s and Lio’s story:
Paniolo is a Hawaiian Menehune cowboy. Paniolo rides Lio, his Menehune Horse, through the beautiful Kaiholena Mountains exhilarating in their speed and the glory of the indigenous Hawaiian Ohia Forest. Lio runs like the wind with Paniolo swinging his lasso and shouting:” Yee-haw”, to the spirit of all creations.
Paniolo’s and Lio’s outings are a celebration of the Aloha (Love) spirit of Hawaii.
Sometimes Paniolo ropes some of the pipi (cattle) to save them from getting hurt or lost, but most of the time he uses his lasso to catch freedom and happiness for his Menehune Ohana (family), Lio, and himself. Paniolo is an expert with the lasso. He never misses his target.