“Paniolo” was fourth commissioned piece and second one-man-show with HTY and was my biggest project of 2018. I teamed up with musician and “Waimea boy” Kapono Nāʻiliʻili, director Eric Johnson and designer Chelsey Cannon to bring the fascinating history and legacy of the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) to the stage.
Paniolo ran from October 29 to November 21st and played for about 10,000 people.
In June I had the honor of traveling to Waimea, one of the last towns in Hawaiʻi were the paniolo way of life is still practiced. I drove through the beautiful country and met with some very unforgettable people living in that humble community. I was able to just sit and listened to them tell stories, reminisce and even sing a little. A truly memorable experience for me.
Dr. Billy Bergin Bergin, long time Parker Ranch veterinarian, is a well knowledge on pretty much all things paniolo. He graciously agreed to let me interview him. The interview lasted well over two hours until he had to leave for a prior engagement. I could have sat and listed for hours more.
The aloha was flowing and so was the beer! As the evening progressed these true paniolo right here really started to open up. Oh, the stories they told!