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Parker Ranch – More than a Ranch, A Legacy.

Parker Ranch was founded in 1847 and is Hawaii’s oldest business and second largest private landowner. Today, Parker Ranch is owned by a trust with four non-profit beneficiaries which are: our hometown’s community hospital, two private schools in Waimea, and Hawaii Community Foundation supporting other charitable causes.

Parker Ranch July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races

Parker Ranch will hold the 60th Annual July 4th Rodeo and Horse Races on Thursday, July 4, 2024 at the Parker Ranch Rodeo Arena in Waimea. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. Fast-paced rodeo action begins shortly after the 9 a.m. grand entry and continues until 1 p.m. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

Tickets sales at Kamuela Hardwoods, Paniolo Preservation Society or Waimea Butcher Shop – $10; online for $12 plus fees and taxes; at gate $15. Children 12 and under are free.

Online ticket sales start June 3.




Waimea Town


Parker Ranch – Investing in Our Community

As part of our strategic plan, we adopted a goal of “investing in Waimea”
– the hometown of Parker Ranch.

Investing in Our Community

Two examples of this strategy are our investments in Kamuela Hardwoods and Waimea Butcher Shop. Both were existing businesses based in Waimea. In each case, we could bring both businesses product, both wood and beef, as well as financial resources to the table, enabling the businesses to grow and secure a steady source of raw material.

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Parker Ranch Eyes Integration of Sustainable Ranching and Forestry

For over 177 years, Parker Ranch, a local leader in sustainability, has been steadfast in its commitment to environmental stewardship. Six years ago, its strategic plan was updated to include forestry management. In a bid to fortify its sustainability, the ranch has been actively engaged in the comprehensive management of its existing forest coverage, with an ambitious goal of doubling its forestry footprint.

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Hale Kuawehi Solar Project

Parker Ranch recognizes the impacts of human-caused climate change affecting the planet. The devastating impacts of extreme weather and environmental conditions around the world make it clear that climate change is real. The 30 MW Hale Kuawehi Solar Project is expected to supply power equivalent to the needs of 15,000 households. This amount of renewable energy production will significantly reduce Hawaii Island’s reliance on imported fossil fuels. This project is an example of one of our approaches to generate value through sustainable economic development in our community.

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Learn About Parker Ranch

Since then, the Ranch has welcomed paniolo from diverse ethnic backgrounds. We are proud of our paniolo heritage and celebrate the various cultural origins of ranching from around the world, which helped to form the roots of many communities like ours in Waimea. In our unique, 175-year history, through many changes and several governments, we have not only survived, but continue to thrive and contribute to our community’s health, education and success.

We hope you enjoy the two TV spots we produced, as well as the beef! The images portray the emerald green hills and pastures surrounding Waimea where our cattle are raised and our paniolo continue to steward the land. Mahalo to Deedee Keakealani Bertlemann and Shane Hoopai for their input in creating these TV spots.

Guided hunting Tours

Parker Ranch offers guided hunting tours on the Big Island of Hawaii with Mouflon Sheep, Mouflon Hybrid Sheep, Pigs, and Goats available for harvest. Parker Ranch comprises approximately 130,000 acres of varying terrain stretching from the ocean to 8,000 feet of elevation on the slopes of Maunakea. Harvesting an animal on Parker Ranch is truly a bonus as your guided hunt offers you unparalleled scenic views of the island of Hawai`i.

New! Get Your Ranch Merch

Paniolo Preservation Society now carries Parker Ranch branded clothing. Great jackets, hats, and shirts to chose from. Support our efforts to promote the heritage of the Hawaiian cowboy.

Parker Ranch News

Parker Ranch Supports Local Food and Entrepreneur Through Investment in Waimea Butcher Shop

Waimea, Big Island of Hawai‘i – Waimea Butcher Shop and Parker Ranch, Inc. announced today that they have signed a term sheet to consummate a strategic alliance.  Under the terms of the partnership, Parker Ranch, Inc. will become an equity owner in the existing business of Waimea Butcher Shop and its strategic capital partner for future growth opportunities.  Additionally, Mills Stovall will continue to operate Waimea Butcher Shop’s day-to-day business as the manager and majority owner.  The deal is expected to close in early 2023.

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Parker Ranch and Highridge Costa Announce Memorandum of Understanding to Explore Affordable Housing for Waimea on Hawai’i Island

Prominent landowner Parker Ranch and affordable housing leader Highridge Costa have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore possible collaboration on the development of affordable housing units on the Island of Hawai’i.

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Paniolo Heritage To Be Preserved Through Donation Of Pukalani Stables

Parker Ranch, established in 1847 by John Palmer Parker, is celebrating its 175th anniversary. The Parker family and more recently, Parker Ranch, Inc., proudly carry on the cattle ranching business and traditions such as rodeo competitions honoring the Paniolo heritage, helping form the roots of many communities throughout Waimea.

In celebration of the 175th anniversary, Parker Ranch is announcing its intent to donate their historic Pukalani Stables to the Paniolo Preservation Society, a non- profit organization whose mission is to educate the public thereby increasing awareness and appreciation for the Paniolo history, present-day and future significance to Hawaiʻi’s ranching industry. Parker Ranch is working with the Paniolo Preservation Society to effectuate the gift of this significant legacy asset carrying on their mutual goals of promoting and celebrating the Hawaiian ranching industry and the accomplishments of generations of Paniolo that made this way of life and this form of agricultural endeavor possible.

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30MW Solar Project on Parker Ranch will address climate change and provide sustainability benefits for the Big Island

Parker Ranch, Inc., through its renewable energy subsidiary Paniolo Power Company LLC, is working with Canada-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. on the development of the 30MW Hale Kuawehi Solar Project that will supply power equivalent to the needs of approximately 15,000 households with clean, renewable energy. The project will be one of the first utility-scale solar farms on the Island of Hawaii, reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and advancing the State-wide goal to produce 100% of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045.

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Parker Ranch and Kamuela Hardwoods Announce New Company Focused on Sustainably Sourced Specialty Hardwoods

Kamuela Hardwoods and Parker Ranch announced today that they have entered into an agreement to jointly create a new company aimed at milling, processing and marketing sustainably sourced specialty hardwoods and salvaged timber, which will also prioritize the availability of wood to local businesses, craftspeople, artisans and musical instrument makers.

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Parker Ranch Launches RFP for Housing Developments in Waimea Town Center

Parker Ranch has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for housing developments in its Waimea Town Center project area. Over the next several months, Parker Ranch will seek bids from qualified real estate developers and development teams interested in select land parcel offerings in Waimea Town Center.

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Parker Ranch explores reforestation opportunities on pasture lands to improve resiliency and sustainability through strategic partnerships

Parker Ranch recognizes that climate change is very real and affecting the planet. Unprecedented weather extremes have devastated countless regions around the globe. Forests have a critical role to play in addressing climate change. Parker Ranch recognizes forest health as a key indicator of overall ecosystem health. As a result, the Ranch is announcing that it is seeking to collaborate with public and private partners to explore synergies in reforestation and conservation on its lands.

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Mayor Blangiardi Presents Parker Ranch Heir Associates Award

Congratulations, Parker Ranch team! Parker Ranch has been acknowledged by Heir Associates, for continuing to serve the community and going above and beyond even during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Honolulu Mayor Blangiardi presented this award yesterday, which included the other honorees: Liliuokalani Trust, Hawaii Pacific Health, and the University of Hawai’i Foundation. We are both proud and humbled to be recognized like this, as we continue our ranch legacy of service.

Parker Ranch and Ulupono Initiative Announce Opening of Statewide Partnership Opportunities for Paniolo Cattle Company Supply

KAMUELA, Hawaii, Jan. 15, 2021 — Paniolo Cattle Company, one of the largest local grass-fed beef programs in the state of Hawaii, will explore diversifying the supply of cattle to include ranchers on each island to supply stores within their on-island communities. This effort will help bolster food security infrastructure statewide, which is of particular importance given pandemic-disrupted food distribution networks, while also minimizing environmental impact from and reliance on interisland transportation.

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Parker Ranch to Build New Homes for Cowboy Housing in 2021-2022

Parker Ranch has announced that it will build new housing for working cowboys in its Livestock Division over the next two years. The 10-12 new homes will replace much older homes, far beyond their useful lives. This decision was based on compelling results generated by ranching operations over the last several years, and its commitment to ranching in Hawai‘i.

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