Tales of Early Ranching in Humu‘ula: Archaeological and Archival Adventures

May 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St
Hilo, HI 96720
Log Cabin at Keanakolu

Log cabin at Keanakolu, September 1885. Courtesy Eduard Arning Collection, Hawaiian Historical Society.

Matinée presentation:

Following a full house at his February 27 “After Dark at the Park” presentation, UH-Hilo’s Dr. Peter Mills visits the Museum to reprise this popular account of his 17 years of research into paniolo culture in the ahupua‘a of Humu‘ula on the eastern slopes of Mauna Kea.  Peter has led multiple field surveys and test excavations above the forest on Mauna Kea, augmented by extensive research into many documents including store ledgers, journals, and 19th-century newspaper articles that help bring the early days of sheep and cattle ranching into sharper focus.  Major events explored by the project include the death of famed botanist David Douglas in a cattle trap in 1834 … the development of the Waimea Grazing and Agricultural Company operations in the 1850s—1870s … and the operation of the Humu‘ula Sheep Company from the 1870s to  1914. 

Hear Peter’s anecdotes from the archives, and accounts of the exciting fieldwork, on either of two occasions:  Monday evening, May 21, or the following afternoon, May 22.

Admission to these wonderful programs is free to Museum members, and $3.00 for nonmembers.  Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!  Seating is limited; first come, first seated.  ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School, Kapiolani St. entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!