In the 1800’s three Mexican-Spanish vaquero (cowboys) from the mainland were hired to teach the Hawaiians cattle and horse handling skills. These early Hawaiian cowboys became known as paniolo, a mispronounciation of español, the language spoken by the vaquero. The term still refers to cowboys working in Hawaii and to the culture their lifestyle spawned.
The paniolo culture is depicted in 32 murals on display in the Fireside Food Court at Parker Ranch Store. They were created by local artist Marcia Ray.
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