Paniolo Preservation Society

E-Newsletter February 2014

Aloha from the Paniolo Preservation Society!
February 2014, the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables

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Save a Cowboy! Support Paniolo Preservation's 2014 Annual Appeal!

Our most sincere thanks to all who support our continuing mission to promote, protect and preserve the proud paniolo and ranching heritage of Hawaii. Our Annual Appeal for 2014 is going out this week to all our PPS membership. We hope you renew your membership and please know that it's only through your generous support that PPS can continue to preserve and share the legacy of Hawaii ranching with the world. Look for our 2014 Annual Appeal coming soon to a mailbox near you!

And Speaking of a Powerful Legacy!

Photo by Nancy Erger

Six paniolo from across Hawaii Island were recognized on Saturday, Jan. 18, by the Paniolo Preservation Society at the Second Kepa Lifetime Achievement Awards ceremony and dinner at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. The coveted Kepa award honors the contribution of dedicated men and women in the ranching and cattle industry that have performed their life’s work devoted to furthering the care and well-being of animals in their charge and the ranches they serve. This year’s recipients were:

Willy Andrade, independent rancher of Honokaa,
Tommy Kaniho of Ka’alualu Ranch in Ka’u, 
Gilbert Loando of Hualalai Ranch,
Tony Jose of Palani Ranch,
Alfred Medeiros of McCandless Ranch, 
Manuel Medeiros of Ho’omau Ranch.

The first group of distinguished Kepa awardees in 2011 were Clem Andrade, Richard Casey DeSilva, Willy Gomes, Kimo Hoopai Sr., Miki Kato and Eugene Olivera. Silver Spur recipients were Donnie DeSilva and Sonny Keakealani. All recipients distinguished themselves for leadership in ranching, rodeo, land stewardship, youth mentorship and multigenerational family values.


Paniolo Preservation Society has elected its 2014 officers!

A sincere mahalo goes out to Pat Bergin as our out-going 2013 PPS President. Pat oversaw wonderful events and promotions, and continued to foster our growth as an organization with grace and the utmost Paniolo Pride and professionalism. Pat and Dr. Billy Bergin will continue to serve on the PPS Board as life-time members and advisors along with Bill White and Robby Hind.

Saddling up for 2014
Pono von Holt, President
Janet Garcia, Vice President
Gary Davis, Treasurer

Pono von Holt's Bio (courtesy of the Paniolo Hall of Fame)

Harry M. “Pono” von Holt, Ponoholo Ranch, Hawai’i


Born in 1948 the youngest of three children of Ronald and Dorothy von Holt, Pono was raised at Kahua Ranch in Kohala, Hawai`i, continuing his family’s tradition as a fourth generation kama’āina rancher. Pono is an owner and manager of Ponoholo Ranch, Ltd. married to Angie von Holt with 4 adult children.


Remaining true to his heritage, Pono has spent his life in Hawai`i after schooling at Kohala Elementary, Punahou, the Thatcher School, the University of Vermont, and the University of Hawai`i, where he obtained a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture Economics in 1972. After brief duty as a lieutenant in the U. S. Army Reserve, he began working at Kahua Ranch as a cowboy. Working there he progressed to the position of assistant manager in 1978 working with fellow Hall of Famer Monty Richards. After a corporate spin-off in 1980, Ponoholo Ranch was formed with a base in Kohala, and leases and pasture contracts near Hilo and Pahala. With his half of the Kahua Ranch, Pono turned a 2500 cow operation into a peak 6,000 cow operation using intensive grazing and low stress handling techniques, while maintaining the highest level of man/cow efficiency in Hawai`i. There he has continued the AI breeding program learned from the Kahua herd and has some of the best performing cattle in the country, in both pasture and feed yard as well as in carcass merit. 


Now, while the ranch continues concentrating on a cow herd of 4500 head, the ranch has grown to encompass ownership of income property and a feed yard on the Mainland. Pono continues to be in the forefront of integrated marketing as a member of the Ranchers Renaissance and Country Natural Beef. Pono has served as President of the Hawai`i Cattlemen’s Association, the State Hawai`i Cattlemen’s Council, and chairman of the cow/calf council for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Here on the Big Island, ever true to the von Holt family ranching tradition of stewardship and service to the community, Pono has served as a Board member and Vice-President of the North Hawai`i Community Hospital, and is currently a board member for the Hawai`i Preparatory Academy. Pono combines all of the best features of Hawai`i’s proud Paniolo tradition and is a truly deserving addition to our Paniolo Hall of Fame.

Here's another great way to support Paniolo Preservation.
Have your next party or public event at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables!

With over 100 years of Paniolo heritage in this honored gem, there is nothing else like Pukalani Stables. Come celebrate Hawaii's Paniolo Pride, and remember, all proceeds from your venue rental go to the Paniolo Preservation Society mission of preserving, protecting and promoting this amazing culture.
If you are interested in renting Pukalani Stables, please call 808.854.1541 or email


Remember the Waimea Midweek Market at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables.
Every Wednesday from 9am to 4pm you'll find great local produce, plate lunches, snacks, clothing, crafts and live music, and all sorts of other goodies. With over 30 vendors and growing, the market promotes local farmers and vendors and helps support the Paniolo Heritage Center through participation fees. It's a win-win for the entire community!

And remember that the he PPS Paniolo Heritage Museum and Kau'aina Saddle Shop are open during market hours.  There is no fee for the Museum or to visit the Saddle Shop but donations are appreciated and their are lots of leather crafts and Paniolo logo wear for sale at the Saddle Shop!


And Save The Dates...
The Annual HAWAII HORSE EXPO is coming again to Pukalani Stables! 

Friday, Aug. 22,  Saturday, Aug. 23, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
On behalf of Hawaii's proud ranching heritage, mahalo for your support! We hope to see you soon at the Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables. 

With Warmest Aloha,

Pono von Holt
President, Paniolo Preservation Society
phone: 808.854.1541

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