December 28, 2009|Cynthia Saylor|Big Island: History and Culture, Historic Hawaii Homes
Beyond White Sand Beaches and Volcanoes
Those unfamiliar with Hawaii are often surprised at the vastness of the ranch lands here on the Big Island. But, ranching has played an important role in the history of the Island of Hawaii. Thanks to a recent visit to Anna Ranch Heritage Center in Waimea, we're taking a closer look at that history in this post. In an upcoming interview, we will talk with Clark Realty's Lora Ayers about her ranch on the Hamakua Coast.
Early History of Ranching on the Big Island
From the Anna Ranch website:
The history of ranching in Hawai'i started in 1793 when Captain George Vancouver introduced the first cattle to the islands. King Kamehameha I, in an effort to increase the number of cattle in his kingdom, proclaimed a ten year kapu (restriction) on the killing of cattle. The end of the kapu coincided with the introduction of horses in 1803. Western settlers were contracted by Kamehameha III to hunt these... Read More
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