Paniolo Heritage Center becomes a reality in Waimea

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Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Stephanie SalazarBig Island Video News

Waimea’s historic Pukalani Stables is a century-old cornerstone of Parker Ranch on the Big Island. Once housing nationally revered stallions and stewarded by some of Hawai’i’s most respected paniolo, Pukalani Stables has been resurrected by the Paniolo Preservation Society (PPS) to become a long-dreamed of “Paniolo Heritage Center” to nurture and perpetuate the state’s ranching traditions which bridge nearly two centuries of Hawaiian history.

The dedication ceremony was held on Saturday (June 25) with a traditional blessing and was open with exhibits, food and music.

“Pukalani Stables is an idyllic ‘home’ for the Paniolo Preservation Society’s heritage center,” said PPS President Robby Hind. “Built about 1909 by Parker Ranch trustee A.W. Carter, Pukalani Stables has played a vital and colorful role in supporting Parker Ranch and it is a perfect setting to share the story of Hawai’i’s ranching heritage,” said Hind.

To see historical and “before and after” pictures of recent refurbishment Pukalani Stables, become a “fan”: www.facebook.com/paniolopreser… or follow PPS on Twitter: twitter.com/PPS_Pukalani.

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