Horseback Riding

With its paniolo (cowboy) heritage and the ranches it spawned, the Big Island is a great place for equestrians. Riders can gallop through green pastures or saunter through Waipio Valley for a taste of old Hawaii.


Paniolo Adventures. Paniolo Adventures offers riders of all levels an open-range horseback ride on a working Kohala Mountain cattle ranch, spectacular views of three volcanoes and the coastline, and an authentic paniolo experience from 3,000 feet up. You don't ride nose-to-tail and can spread out and trot or canter if you wish. Kohala Mountain Road (Hwy. 250), at mile marker 13.2, Waimea (Hawaii County), Hawaii, 96743. 808/889–5354; From $69.