Horseback riding is unquestionably one of Hawai‘i Island’s premiere attractions. The island’s diverse terrain, eye-popping vistas and wealth of working cattle ranches make it an exciting location for horseback adventures.
Situated on Kohala Mountain, Paniolo Adventures, located on Ponoholo Ranch, specializes in open-range rides on its 11,000-acre working cattle ranch. The panoramic views, particularly at sunset, are stunning, and if you’re up for a workout, try a four-hour, open-range trot through high country terrain.
Parker Ranch, in Waimea, was founded in 1847 and is one of the oldest and largest cattle spreads in the United States. Expect to come across plenty of historic sites on a ride over this 150,000-acre working ranch.
Waipi‘o Ridge Stables is well known for its horseback tours of Waipi‘o Valley. The beauty and rugged terrain of this valley is probably best seen on the back of a horse. One tour heads along the rim of the valley and then follows a stream through a rainforest to a hidden waterfall that can be viewed only on horseback.
Another company, Wapi‘o on Horseback, transports riders into the valley in four-wheel-drive vans, where guests then saddle up for a narrated journey through the history, legends and wild beauty of this revered Hawaiian valley.
• Na‘alapa Stables Waipi‘o Valley (808) 775-0419 or
Kahua Ranch (808) 889-0022 • Paniolo Adventures (808) 889-5354 • Waipi‘o Ridge Stables (808) 775-1007