Oahu’s iconic Turtle Bay Resort, one of the only resorts of its kind on the wave-rich north shore of Hawaii, has always been in a league of its own. And to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the property is showcasing a unique side of the Aloha State’s heritage that few outsiders even know about.
The new weekly Paniolo Pāʻina dinner series event invites anyone with an appetite to dive into Hawaii’s cowboy and ranching culture, which pre-dates that of the American West by several decades.
Paniolo refers to a person who herds cattle, aka a cowboy, and Pāʻina is a small party with dinner. And that’s exactly what visitors will sign on for here, with tickets from $195 for adults and $120 for kids ages 4 to 12 (those three and under are free).
In addition to storytelling from the people who know the heritage best and a hula show with lessons, guests will listen to live Paniolo music (said to be softer and sweeter compared the twang and achy breaky vibes of Wild West music) and enjoy a fire knife and drums performance and pony experience. Kick things off with a lei ceremony and welcome drink and then settle in later for a fabulous roast dinner followed by firepit s’mores under the stars and more storytelling
It’s all set to backdrop views of Turtle Bay Resort’s stables and some of the North Shore’s iconic surf breaks for a unique Hawaiian experience no one will forget.