Architectural, Cultural sights in Hawai'i (The Big Island)
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This center provides a thorough accounting of ranch history. Displays include some fascinating Parker-family memorabilia, such as portraits, lineage charts, fancy gowns and traditional Hawaiian quilts. The recreated tack house is particularly evocative, with 100-year-old saddles and branding irons. Though it has a romantic gloss, the 25-minute movie on Parker Ranch tells the history well and describes current ranch operations.
It also includes some fantastic historic footage, such as when shipping the cattle meant driving them into the sea and lifting them with slings onto the decks of waiting steamers. In front of Parker Ranch Center, near the parking lot's main…
You can learn all about Hawaiʻi's unusual cowboy history at Parker Ranch Historic Homes