Horses and Horsemen in Hawai`i Neigh!

September 23, 2014 @ 5:00 am – 6:30 am
$3; free to Lyman Museum members

Paniolo PhotoIn the Chinese calendar this is the Year of the Horse, so when better to explore the history of horses and horsemen in the Islands?  Equines are not indigenous to this isolated archipelago, but after some mustangs were brought in from Monterey in 1803 the Hawaiians quickly took to riding and a wonderful legacy began.  The famous Hawaiian cowboys, the paniolo, depended on the sturdy descendants of this hardy breed, and other kinds of horses came later for a variety of uses, from pulling trolley cars and merchant wagons to competing in polo matches, riding for pleasure, and carrying pā`ū riders in parades!  Mules are half horse so of course they are included in this story, as are some of the famous two-leggeds associated with Hawaiian horses.  Tonight, Hawai`i historian Boyd D. Bond is our mane man.